Aviation safety investigations & reports

Olympia 2 Glider, VH-GHR, Stonefield, SA, 5 January 1972

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was converted to the Olympia 2 glider on 4 January, 1972, and on that day he made five Rights in VH-GHR. On the third of these flights he experienced a cable break at about 300 feet and landed normally off a modified circuit. On 5 January, 1972, he completed one satisfactory flight in VH-GHR. On his next launch in this glider, at approximately 1344 hours central summer time, the cable broke when the aircraft had reached a height of about 30 feet above the ground. The pilot released the cable and pushed the control column forward, then extended the dive brakes as for a normal landing but it is probable that the airspeed was low. Although the pilot attempted to flare the glider for landing it struck the ground heavily in a slightly nose down attitude.
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General details
Date: 05 January 1972   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1345 CSuT    
Location: Stonefield    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 18 September 1972   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Elliotts Of Newbury Ltd  
Aircraft model Olympia  
Aircraft registration VH-GHR  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Stonefield  
Departure time 1344  
Destination Stonefield  
Last update 13 May 2014