More information is coming out about the towplane crash that happened on May 9th. A dashcam video has emerged that shows the initial launch of a glider being aero-towed. All seems normal until the glider seems to kite while still close to the ground. You can see that the kiting took only 3 seconds. There are reports that the glider was a 1-26 and that the canopy opened shortly after liftoff.
Number one. Always fly the airplane first. It only takes a few seconds to get out of proper tow position. A distraction such as an open canopy doesn’t have to end terribly. What would you have done?