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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
East CFI None None Local Aero Tow Cirrus
Incident Activity Damage to Aircraft Damage to Canopy Incident Date Incident Time Weather SSA Member
Flight None 2005-06-01 1000-1200 Clear Yes
Incident Description Asymmetric left spoiler deployment on takeoff, discovered just after liftoff. Was able to continue aerotow but with VERY low climb rate (ca. 50 fpm) and unable to turn on tow. At ca. 100' AGL, released and, with no landable area ahead, turned right back to field and landed at ca. 45 degree angle across the departure threshold.
Other Comments Left spoiler either disconnected or was not connected. (Aircraft had been assembled, but not flown, the week before and stored in the hangar.) Clearly, a positive control check would have prevented this.

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