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Region Pilot Certificate Pilot Injuries Passenger Injuries Type of Flight Launch Method Type of Aircraft
East CFI None None Instructional Grob 103 Twin II
Incident Activity Damage to Aircraft Damage to Canopy Incident Date Incident Time Weather SSA Member
GroundHandling None 2014-08-23 1000-1200 Not a Factor Yes
Incident Description A little after 10 AM a group of students had gotten the Grob 103 out of the hanger, installed the battery, and completed the preflight inspection. The glider was now ready to move up to the flight line for the days flying. This involves moving the glider onto the taxi-way and towing it with a car uphill to the launch point. This day one of the members had parked his jeep close to the taxiway and the crew decided to move the glider by hand around this obstacle. The decision was made to lower the left wing and this would allow the right wing tip to clear the car. While moving the glider in this manner a loud 'twang' sound was heard and it was finally realized that the right wingtip and struck the radio antenna, leaving a small mark on the bottom surface of the wing.
Other Comments Maneuvering the glider around, instead of over, the car or moving the car would have prevented this incident from occurring.

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