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Don GrilloDon Grillo

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?

Here is a link to the video.