Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasflugel Libelle 210 B, VH-GGS, Murrami (28 km NW Leeton) NSW, 19 January 1986

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Status: Completed
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The pilot was competing in the Australian National Gliding championships. An outlanding became necessary when thermal activity declined and an approach was made to a dry field which was used for irrigation. On the downwind leg of the circuit, the pilot noted that a ditch crossed the field, however this ditch was not visible to him when on final approach. During the landing roll the glider collided with the ditch. The pilot had overflown a more suitable landing area, with the intention of making the outlanding closer to the destination aerodrome. The paddock ultimately selected was the most suitable in the vicinity, but required an approach between clumps of trees and alongside a power line. During the latter stages of the approach the pilot's vision was affected by sun glare.

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General details
Date: 19 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1830    
Location: Murrami (28 km NW Leeton)    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 05 August 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 201  
Aircraft registration VH-GGS  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Leeton NSW  
Departure time 1330  
Destination Leeton NSW