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N48026 accident description

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Crash location 38.801111°N, 94.955278°W
Nearest city Gardner, KS
38.803897°N, 94.918298°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N48026
Accident date 04 Oct 2008
Aircraft type Let Blanik
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The private pilot was conducting a normal aero tow takeoff in a glider from the 2,154 foot long turf runway 21. The tow plane pilot and the glider pilot both reported that they both became airborne at approximately 40 knots and both pilots released the tow rope at the end of the runway when it became obvious that the climb performance of the glider and the tow plane was insufficient to accelerate or to climb out of ground effect. The glider then crashed into the fence at the end of runway 21. Weather reported by at the time of the accident was 10 miles visibility, clear of clouds, winds from 150 at 9 knots, with a temperature of 74 degrees and dew point of 57 degrees. Density altitude was calculated as 2,260 feet. Other pilots familiar with this airport report that in crosswind operations there is frequently induced turbulence from the trees along left side of the departure end of runway 21.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's decision to attempt a takeoff when the climb performance of the tow plane and the glider were inadequate. Contributing to the accident were the high density altitude and the terrain-induced turbulence.

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