Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rolladen Schneider LS 4, VH-GXG, 1 km North of Benalla VIC, 26 January 1986

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Status: Completed
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The pilot was a member of the French team competing in the "Austraglide `86" gliding championships. At the end of a cross-country exercise the pilot reported that he was 5 kilometres from the finish line. The pilot of another glider observed that when the subject aircraft was one kilometre from the line it was apparently low. Shortly afterwards the glider collided with power lines. The tailplane was cut off by this impact and the glider then struck the ground in a steep nose down attitude. The glider was seen leaving an area of thermal activity with apparently sufficient altitude to complete the flight to Benalla. The reason why the glider subsquently descended to the low altitude which resulted in the collision with the power lines could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1353    
Location: 1 km North of Benalla    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 19 May 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rolladen-Schneider Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model LS4  
Aircraft registration VH-GXG  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Departure time 1353  
Destination Benalla VIC