Officials release preliminary glider crash report
The last transmission from a pilot killed in the crash of his motorized glider on Aug. 7 was more than two hours before the craft was found in the Pine Nuts.
Joseph N. Lowenhardt, 74, was killed in the crash of his motorized glider seven miles northeast of Minden-Tahoe Airport.
According to a preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board, Lowenhardt radioed that he was taking off at 12:04 p.m. Six minutes later Lowenhardt reported being four miles east of the airport and climbing.
The wreckage of the AMS Carat Model A Powered Glider was found at about 2:50 p.m. by the Nevada Civil Air Patrol, which was looking for some missing hikers.
According to the NTSB report, the glider’s propeller was stowed and the magneto and fuel pump switches were off, indicating that Lowenhardt wasn’t in powered flight.
There was no indication in the report that the glider struck a set of power lines that were located near where it was found.
A power outage in the Stephanie Way area could not have been caused by the glider crash, as power had been restored before Lowenhardt took off.