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N103MS accident description

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Crash location 42.441666°N, 84.066667°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Gregory, MI
42.458368°N, 84.084398°W
1.5 miles away

Tail number N103MS
Accident date 14 Jun 2009
Aircraft type Burkhart Grob G103C Twin Iii Acro
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On June 14, 2009, about 1120 eastern daylight time, a Burkhart Grob G103C Twin III Acro glider, N103MS, piloted by a commercial pilot, was destroyed during an in-flight collision with terrain near Gregory, Michigan. The local flight was being conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger was fatally injured. The flight departed Richmond Field Airport (69G), Gregory, Michigan, shortly before the accident.

Witnesses reported that the glider was launched with a winch and during the procedure the winch cable broke. The pilot executed a 180-degree turn apparently in an attempt to return to the airport. However, near the completion of the turn, the nose of the glider dropped and it impacted the terrain.

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