Aviation safety investigations & reports

Libelle H201B, VH-GCP, 5 km West Wyreema QLD, 10 October 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Because of deteriorating lift conditions, the pilot elected to make an outlanding. The paddock selected had been recently ploughed and the surface was soft. Almost immediately after touchdown the glider yawed, then groundlooped through 90 degrees, resulting in a compression fracture of the fuselage. It was likely that the glider had been affected by a sudden wind gust shortly after touchdown, and the pilot had been unable to maintain directional control.

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General details
Date: 10 October 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1350    
Location: 5 km West Wyreema    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 15 January 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 201  
Aircraft registration VH-GCP  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Jondaryan QLD  
Departure time 1150 approx  
Destination Jondaryan QLD