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N161HP accident description

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Crash location 42.937777°N, 85.060556°W
Nearest city Ionia, MI
42.987255°N, 85.071117°W
3.5 miles away
Tail number N161HP
Accident date 05 Sep 2009
Aircraft type Ketonen Schreder
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that the amateur-built glider was a few feet higher than it should be in relation to the tow airplane after liftoff, so he attempted to lower the glider. He expected the ground effect to slow his descent rate, but the glider continued to descend. He put in aft stick but the wheel contacted the turf at the same time. The glider bounced and he put in forward stick pressure. The glider hit the runway hard and the pilot released the tow line. The inspection of the aircraft revealed that the glider’s fuselage had separated from the forward section of the glider during the hard landing resulting in substantial damage. The pilot reported that there was no mechanical malfunction or failure of the aircraft prior to the occurrence.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot failed to maintain control of the glider during the aero-tow launch.

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