Aviation safety investigations & reports

Libelle H201B, VH-GZK, Warwick QLD, 27 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the aero-tow launch the right wing of the glider contacted the ground and the glider began to veer to the right. After travelling about 40 metres in this manner the glider was seen to climb steeply, to about 15 feet above the strip, then roll to the left before impacting the ground nose first. An inspection of the glider did not reveal any faults that were likely to have contributed to the accident. It is probable that the pilot was slow to react to the loss of directional control following the wing drop, and delayed in releasing the tow rope. The pilot of the tug aircraft stated that shortly after his aircraft became airborne he felt it being pulled to the left of the strip. He immediately released the tow rope. There was long grass along the side of the strip and it is likely that once the wingtip entered this, the task of attempting to regain directional control was made more difficult for the glider pilot.

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General details
Date: 27 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300    
Location: Warwick    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 21 August 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 201  
Aircraft registration VH-GZK  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Warwick QLD  
Departure time 1300  
Destination Warwick QLD