Schleicher ASW 20L glider, BGA 4354
The right wingtip of the glider made contact with the ground as it became airborne at the start of a winch launch, causing the glider to yaw and then roll uncontrollably to the right. The winch cable was not released from the glider, which continued to roll, coming to rest inverted. The British Gliding Association (BGA) has reiterated its advice to pilots encountering similar circumstances and emphasised the need to commence the launch with their left hand on the cable release control.
Published 10 December 2014