Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasflugel Club Libelle, VH-GGQ, Woodbury TAS, 15 December 1984

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that an aerotow to 2700 feet agl seemed to be accomplished quickly. When the glider had descended to 1400 feet the pilot rejoined the circuit but then considered that the altimeter was defective. She believed that sufficient height remained to permit a landing at the strip and carried out a low, tight circuit. However, as the turn onto final was completed an immediate landing flare was required. A heavy touchdown occurred and the aircraft came to rest 175 metres after the strip boundary. Faulty alignment of the "thousands" needle in the altimeter had led to the pilot mis-setting the height of the strip prior to take-off. The indications she read from the instrument were therefore 1000 feet in error.

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General details
Date: 15 December 1984   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1404    
Location: Woodbury    
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 06 February 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 205  
Aircraft registration VH-GGQ  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Woodbury TAS  
Departure time 1404  
Destination Woodbury TAS  
Last update 13 May 2014