Aviation safety investigations & reports

Slingsby Kestrel T59D, VH-GSY, Piper's Field, Eglinton, 7 Km NW of Bathurst NSW, 16 December 1984

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Status: Completed
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The pilot was approaching to land at the conclusion of his second flight on the type. The approach was normal, however the glider floated the length of the strip at a height of about 25 feet. At the end of the strip a turn was commenced but after completing about 90 degrees an incipient spin developed and the glider struck the ground. The pilot subsequently advised that he had activated the cruise flap lever instead of the air brake. The two levers are located side by side in the cockpit. It is likely that the pilot was suffering a degree of heat stress. He had been in the cockpit, exposed to the sun for two and a half hours and he had not eaten since breakfast. He reported that during the final stages of flight his reactions were affected by fatigue and the heat.

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General details
Date: 16 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1245 (Aprx)    
Location: Piper's Field, Eglinton, 7 Km NW of Bathurst    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 24 September 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Slingsby Sailplanes Ltd  
Aircraft model T59  
Aircraft registration VH-GSY  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Piper's Field NSW  
Departure time 1245 (Aprx)  
Destination Piper's Field NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014