Aviation safety investigations & reports

Birkhart Grob G102 Astir, VH-WQJ, Bundaberg Gliding strip, 12 km SSW of Bundaberg QLD, 11 August 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot intended to land the glider as close as possible to the hangar. On final, speed was increased to make good the touchdown point, then the aircraft was held in level flight at about 20 feet above the strip. As the landing gear was selected down, the nose dropped and the glider impacted the runway heavily. The landing gear failed and the glider slid for 47 metres on its lower fuselage before coming to rest. The elevator trim had been set nose down for high speed flight, and although a trim check is required, it was omitted from the pre-landing checks. The pilot said that when he changed hands to lower the gear, he may have relaxed the pressure on the stick in his left hand which moved forward under the influence of the nose down trim, resulting the nose drop and the subsequent heavy landing.

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General details
Date: 11 August 1985   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1735    
Location: Bundaberg Gliding strip, 12 km SSW of Bundaberg    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 26 September 1985   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-WQJ  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bunaberg Gliding Strip QLD  
Departure time 1730  
Destination Bundaberg Gliding Strip QLD