Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grob Astir, VH-WQL, 30 km North Parkes NSW, 28 December 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The purpose of the flight was to achieve the cross-country distance requirements for the upgrading of the pilot's qualifications. He had been airborne for over 6 hours when further lift could not be found and an outlanding became necessary. While manoeuvring towards the selected area, the pilot misjudged the strength of the wind and was forced to turn onto final approach at a low height above the ground. During the turn the right wingtip struck a tree and the aircraft rotated about 110 degrees to the right before striking the ground. It was considered likely that the pilot's performance was affected by fatigue resulting from the length of the flight and his exposure to direct sunlight for a period of more than 10 hours. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 28 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1930    
Location: 30 km North Parkes    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 10 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau  
Aircraft model G102  
Aircraft registration VH-WQL  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Forbes NSW  
Departure time 1420  
Destination Forbes NSW