Flight Safety Videos

Low Altitude Thermal Stall/Spin
Stall Spin Base to Final
The Kite
PT3
Ground Loop on Launch
Aerotow Turn
Spiral Dive
Too High on Final
Too Low on Final
Incomplete pre-launch checklist trigger video
Glider Mis-assembly trigger video

Low Altitude Thermal Stall/Spin

Condor safety video showing a glider pilot untentionally entering a spin at 300 ft AGL

SSF Identification: CSA14DC001
Aircraft: ASW-28
Injuries: 1 Fatal

The pilot was fatally injured and the ASW-28 standard class glider was subtantially damaged when the glider impacted terrain in a near vertical attitude. Witnesses reported the glider appeared to be circling about 300 ft above the ground when the left wing dropped and it dove into the ground.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the glider entering a low altitude spin from which the pilot was unable to recover.

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Stall/Spin Base to Final

Condor safety video showing a glider pilot trying to turn the glider using rudder, causing the glider to stall and spin out of the skidding turn.

SSF Identification: CSA11DC008
Aircraft: ASK-13
Injuries: 1 Fatal

The glider pilot was fatally injured and the ASK-13 was substantially damaged when the glider impacted terrain in a near vertical attitude. Witnesses reported the glider looked low on base and the pilot appeared to use an excessive amount of rudder during the turn to final. The glider stalled and spun into the ground short of the runway.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the glider entering a low altitude spin from which the pilot was unable to recover.

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The Kite

Condor video showing a glider kiting on aerotow.

SSF Identification: CSA11DC001
Aircraft: Pawnee PA-25, ASK-13
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured

The tow-pilot was seriously injured and the Pawnee was substantially damaged after the airplane flipped over during a failed aerotow launch. The glider pilot reported "I lost sight of the tow-plane so I released and landed in the runway overrun area. I realized the tow-plane had flipped over after I got out of the glider."

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the glider kitting during the initial portion of the aerotow.

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Premature termination of the Tow (PT3)

Condor video showing stall/spin crash following a low altitude rope break.

SSF Identification: CSA11DC002
Aircraft: ASK-13
Injuries: 1 Fatal

The glider pilot was fatally injured and the ASK-13 was substantially damage following a failed aerotow launch. Witnesses reported that the launch seemed to be progressing normally when the rope broke about 200 ft AGL. The pilot immediately began a right turn to return to the runway. The glider impacted terrain in a vertical descent after the right wing dropped.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the glider stalling and spinning while attempting to return to the runway following a low altitude rope break.

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The Excursion

Condor video showing a ground loop during an aerotow launch.

SSF Identification: CSA11DC003
Aircraft: ASK-13
Injuries: 1 Uninjured

The glider pilot was not injured and the ASK-13 was substantially damaged following a loss-of-control ground loop during the take-off roll. The glider pilot stated "The right wing touched the ground, causing the glider to turn sideways. I tried to released as soon as the glider started to turn, but I couldn't find the release handle quickly enough."

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the glider's right wing striking the ground during the initial portion of the aerotow.

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Aerotow Turn

Contor training video showing a glider pilot failing to maintain the proper aerotow position during a turn.

SSF Identification: CSA11DC004
Aircraft: Pawnee PA-25, ASK-13
Injuries: 3 Uninjured

The glider flight instructor and student pilot were not injured but the ASK-13 was substantially damaged after the tow-rope wrapped around the right wing of the glider. The instructor reported "the student was attempting to return to the normal tow position when slack developed in the rope. The slack went behind the wing and the rope finally broke after it crushed the right aileron. The accident could have been prevented if I had released after the slack line had developed."

Probable Cause: The instructors delayed response in correcting the students actions lead to slack developing in the tow-line resulting in the rope wrapping around the right wing.

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Spiral Dive

Condor video showing a high speed spiral dive.

SSF Identification: CSA11DC005
Aircraft: ASK-13
Injuries: 1 Fatal

The glider pilot was fatally injured and the ASK-13 was destroyed following an in-flight breakup. Witnesses reported seeing the glider descending at a high rate of speed when the right wing separated from the fuselage. The left wing and fuselage exhibited extensive crush damage. The right wing was located 1.2 miles NW of the main wreckage.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the in-flight separation of the right wing.

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Nice View from up Here

Condor video showing a glider turning to final while too high.

SSF Identification: CSA11DC006
Aircraft: ASK-13
Injuries: 1 Minor

The glider pilot received minor injuries and the ASK-13 was substantially damaged after impacting the airport perimeter fence 1/4 mile past the end of the runway. The pilot reported that he "ran through lift on base and he was unable to get down." A post accident examination of the glider revealed no malfunction in the flight controls or spoilers.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the glider being high and overrunning the runway

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A bit of a Stretch

Condor video showing a glider turning onto final while too low.

SSF Identification: CSA11DC007
Aircraft: ASK-13
Injuries: 1 Uninjured

The glider pilot was uninjured and the ASK-13 was substantially damaged after it struck a tree and unimproved terrain short of the runway. The pilot reported encountering 'heavy sink on base leg" and the glider was unable to glide to the runway. A post accident examination of the glider revealed no malfunction in the flight controls or spoilers.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the glider being low and unable to make the runway.

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Incomplete pre-launch checklist trigger video

SSF Trigger tape: This video shows what might happen if the pilot is distracted during the pre-launch checklist.

SSF Identification: CSA08DC001
Aircraft: Blanik-L23
Injuries: 1 Uninjured

The glider pilot was not injured but the Blanik-L23 was substantially damaged following a collision with terrain while attempting to return to the runway. The pilot reported "he misinterpred the towplane 'spoilers open' signal and released at 200 ft AGL." The gliders right wing struck the ground as the pilot was attempting to return to the airport.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper control inputs resulted in the in-flight separation of the right wing.

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Glider mis-assembly trigger video

SSF Trigger tape: This video shows what might happen if the pilot is distracted during the glider assembly process.

SSF Identification: CSA08DC002
Aircraft: Open Cirus
Injuries: 1 Fatal

The glider pilot was fatally injured and the Open Cirus was destroyed following an impact with terrain.. Witnesses reported seeing the glider pitching up suddenly just after the glider lifted off. The glider reached approximately 150 ft AGL before the rope broke. The glider then pitched nose down and dove into the ground.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper assembly procedure resulted in the lack of elevator authority during the initial aerotow.

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