Aviation safety investigations & reports

Lempke-Schneider LS 3, VH-WUR, Forbes NSW, 30 December 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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An instructor who was watching the aircraft as it entered the circuit estimated that the aircraft was about 200 feet too low on the downwind leg. The base turn was conducted at about 50 feet and during the turn onto final the wing of the glider struck the boundary fence. A subsequent examination indicated that the altimeter was over-reading by some 200 feet. The altimeter had been set to indicate zero prior to departure. In the following four and a half hours pressure changes had occurred which resulted in the apparent over-reading. During the circuit, the pilot had been concerned with other traffic about to take-off, and had attempted to alter the flap setting in order to modify the circuit. However, he had inadvertently applied the dive brakes and the glider lost height rapidly until the situation was corrected. A landing straight ahead was considered, but the pilot elected to try and reach the strip. It was likely that he was suffering a degree of fatigue after a long flight.

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General details
Date: 30 December 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1720    
Location: Forbes    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 16 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rolladen-Schneider Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model LS3  
Aircraft registration VH-WUR  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Forbes NSW  
Departure time 1254  
Destination Forbes NSW