Aviation safety investigations & reports

IS-28B2, VH-GVW, Benalla VIC., 6 November 1982

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was making his second solo flight at the completion of a one-week gliding course. On the landing approach the glider was seen to be undershooting with the speed brakes extended. As the approach continued the undershoot increased but the speed brakes remained extended. The glider struck a fence, bounced across a road and struck a second fence at the aerodrome boundary. A fence wire rode over the nose, shattering the canopy and decapitating the pilot. No contributory fault was found with any of the components of the glider. The pilot misjudged the final approach.

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General details
Date: 06 November 1982   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1003    
Location: Benalla VIC.    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 28 February 1984   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer ICA Brasov (Intreprinderea De Constructii Aeronautice)  
Aircraft model IS-28  
Aircraft registration VH-GVW  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Departure time 956  
Destination Benalla VIC  
Last update 03 June 2014