Aviation safety investigations & reports

ES 60 Mark 2 "Boomerang", VH-GTL, 50 km SE of Port Pirie SA, 26 January 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During a cross country flight the glider encountered an area of sink. The pilot was unable to find any updraughts and selected a paddock in which to land. As the glider was on short final, it suddenly lost height and collided with the boundary fence of the paddock. The pilot was inexperienced on type and also lacked recent experience of outlandings. The paddock selected gave a shorter landing distance than desirable and the pilot aimed for a lower than normal height to cross the boundary fence. When sudden sink was encountered in the hot, turbulent conditions the pilot was unable to prevent colliding with the fence.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1505    
Location: 50 km SE of Port Pirie    
State: South Australia    
Release date: 25 March 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Edmund Schneider Limited  
Aircraft model ES-60  
Aircraft registration VH-GTL  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Whitwarta SA  
Departure time 1255  
Destination Whitwarta SA