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The Soaring Incident Database is now available to help pilots, safety officers, clubs, and commercial operators develop new programs that can help prevent incidents from becoming major accidents. See more incidents by searching the database or register a new incident.
|Region||Pilot Certificate||Pilot Injuries||Passenger Injuries||Type of Flight||Launch Method||Type of Aircraft|
|Midwest||CFI||None||None||Local||Aero Tow||Blanik L-13|
|Incident Activity||Damage to Aircraft||Damage to Canopy||Incident Date||Incident Time||Weather||SSA Member|
|Incident Description||Blanik L-13 was returned from maintenance. On the return to service flight, the pilot did a positive control check after a thorough preflight. Upon takeoff, the glider was observed swerving back and forth behind the towplane but took off. The serving continued during tow. The pilot released in the pattern and made a rather rough landing on the runway. So what happened? The rudder cables were hooked up backwards. On the positive control check, be didn't verify the controls were moving in the right direction. We now verify controls are moving the correct direction during positive control checks. The other problem with this flight was the pilot continued the takeoff even though he was having control problems. We stress to all pilots, if it doesn't feel right deal with it on the ground and not in the air.|
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