Aviation safety investigations & reports

VTC-Cirrus Glider, VH-GOM, 5 km South of Ballan VIC, 14 October 1984

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Status: Completed
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Following the loss of thermal activity the pilot elected to land in a paddock where the 5-10 knot wind would produce a right crosswind and downwind component for landing. During the base leg, which was commenced from a low height, the pilot realised that his groundspeed was high. The turn to finals was conducted at 60 knot indicated airspeed and up to 45 degrees of bank to avoid overshooting the final path. Dive brake was applied during the turn to increase the glider's descent angle but the glider stalled. During the recovery the glider collided with trees.

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General details
Date: 14 October 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530    
Location: 5 km South of Ballan    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 05 March 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Vazduhoplovno Tehnicki Centar  
Aircraft model Cirrus  
Aircraft registration VH-GOM  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bacchus Marsh VIC  
Departure time 1430  
Destination Bacchus Marsh VIC  
Last update 22 April 2014