Aviation safety investigations & reports

Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus, VH-GYZ, Horsham VIC, 19 October 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the launch by a tug aircraft for the pilot's first flight of the day, turbulence was encountered at about 40 feet agl. The pilot released from the tow and attempted to land straight ahead, however the right wing struck a post of the aerodrome boundary fence and the aircraft ground looped before coming to rest. The pilot had earlier experienced difficulty in fitting the all-moving tailplane to the glider during the pre-flight assembly. Shortly after becoming airborne the turbulence led the pilot to believe he had elevator control problems and he released from the tow. He then planned to land straight ahead, controlling the rate of descent with the air brake and making virtually no elevator movements. The use of air brake shortened the gliding distance to the point where the aircraft could not clear the boundary fence. Subsequent investigation revealed no defect with the elevator controls or the tailplane.

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General details
Date: 19 October 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430    
Location: Horsham    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 30 October 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model Cirrus  
Aircraft registration VH-GYZ  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Horsham VIC  
Departure time 1429  
Destination Horsham VIC