An experienced pilot told a reporter he “thought he was going to die” when the plane he was flying crashed near the Warner Springs Gliderport in North San Diego County. CaseyGerry’s client was flying a Piper Pawnee and towing a glider plane when the glider pilot lost control. The movement pulled the Piper’s tail upward and sent the plane’s nose down. A split-second decision enabled the pilot to flatten out the flight, averting a nose-down impact, but he had a hard landing that resulted in a broken back. He had to be cut out of the plane. The glider was able to land on its own.
CaseyGerry represented the glider pilot, contending the carelessness of the glider’s operator caused the crash.
A glideris an aircraft that flies without its own engine power. Typically, a sailplane glider – like the Schweizer 2-33 – is towed to a certain altitude by an aircraft with an engine and released, offering the pilot smooth flight in a lightweight aircraft for sport and entertainment.
The Schweizer SGS 2-33 is an American two-seat, high-wing, strut-braced, training glider. The aircraft first flew in 1965 and production started in 1967. From its introduction until the late 1980s, the 2-33 was the main training glider used in North America.
Other gliders, such as hang gliders and paragliders, are usually foot-launched, popular especially in the Torrey Pines area of San Diego.