Glider pilot killed in weekend crash identified
The pilot of a glider that crashed Saturday, April 11, killing him, has been identified as Robert Bauman, according to a YCSO spokesman.
Bauman, 74, of Prescott, was the sole occupant of the glider, which crashed at about 3:30 p.m., on Morning Star Ranch Road, east of Coyote Springs Road in Prescott Valley, Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.
He corrected his earlier information about how the glider was launched, saying that, in this case, the aircraft was connected by a tow cable to a stationary winch, not a tow vehicle.
The winch is designed to get the glider up to 1,000 feet, at which point it disconnects from the glider. D'Evelyn said at some point during the take-off procedure "the aircraft appeared to lose control and descend rapidly."
The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, which typically takes several months to issue a report on the cause of aircraft crashes.