Aviation safety investigations & reports

Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 2, VH-GEL, Lake Keepit NSW, 25 October 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was approaching to land in strong crosswind conditions. The area near the threshold of the strip was obstructed by machinery and another glider, and the usable strip width was reduced because of long grass. Although there was adequate strip length, the pilot elected to land close to the other glider. During the landing flare the aircraft drifted towards the obstructions, and the pilot raised one wing in an effort to avoid them. The other wing entered the long grass and the aircraft slewed sharply before falling to the ground.

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General details
Date: 25 October 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1600    
Location: Lake Keepit    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 28 January 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model Nimbus  
Aircraft registration VH-GEL  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lake Keepit NSW  
Departure time 1430 approx  
Destination Lake Keepit NSW