Aviation safety investigations & reports

Pegase 101A, VH-HDJ, Waikerie SA, 2 February 1987

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Status: Completed
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The glider was being launched via an aero-tow. It became airborne after a short ground run and climbed to a higher than normal altitude. The pilot attempted to correct the situation but the glider bounced twice on the strip, breaking off the tail skid. As the glider climbed away it continued to oscillate in a position above the tug aircraft. The tow rope was released when the glider was about 120 feet above ground level and the pilot, believing that there was insufficient runway remaining to land, attempted to turn back for a landing on the strip. During the turn the glider entered a spin subsequently striking the ground in a nose low attitude. The pilot was inexperienced on the aircraft type, having not flown the type for about two months. On the day there was a gusty wind blowing and it was the opinion of experienced local pilots that a landing straight ahead after rope release would have been possible.

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General details
Date: 02 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1527    
Location: Waikerie    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 02 March 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Avionautia Rio  
Aircraft model M-100S  
Aircraft registration VH-HDJ  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Waikerie SA  
Departure time 1527  
Destination Waikerie SA  
Last update 13 May 2014