Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasflugel Libelle H201B, 3km North of Bond Springs NT, 8 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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While returning to the airfield the glider experienced a deterioration of lift and the pilot decided to carry out a landing on the Stuart Highway. The pilot observed two vehicles on the road and attempted to warn them of his intention to land. The first vehicle stopped but a bus following, continued along the roadway. The pilot decided to land before reaching the bus. After touchdown the pilot moved the glider to the side of the road but the left wing struck a road sign then a tree. The glider slewed off the road and the landing gear was torn off. The pilot was forced to accept a collision with known obstructions in order to avoid the bus. The countryside in the vicinity of the highway was considered unsuitable for an outlanding.

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General details
Date: 08 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1315    
Location: 3km North of Bond Springs    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 07 September 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 201  
Aircraft registration VH-GYQ  
Serial number 116  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bond Springs NT  
Departure time 1315  
Destination Bond Springs NT