Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2011 Issue

July 4, 2011, Vancouver, Wash., Cessna 182A Skylane

The banner-tow pilot approached the pickup point to catch the rope with his tail hook. Shortly after his initial pitch-up maneuver to hook the rope, the pilot observed through a mirror that the rope was not attached to his tail hook. Photos taken of the airplane in the air by a witness show the tow rope hooked around the nose gear and looped over the right horizontal stabilizer.

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