Aviation safety investigations & reports

Phoebus C, VH-GYB, Eudunda SA, 30 December 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was engaged in a local soaring flight when she judged that an outlanding was necessary. The wind conditions were assessed by observing dust from vehicles on a dirt road and a landing pattern was established. On final approach into a large cleared area, the pilot became aware of an increased ground speed and altered the flight path to land into rising terrain. During the landing, the right wingtip struck the ground and the glider was substantially damaged during the ensuing ground loop. On alighting from the glider, the pilot became aware of strong variable conditions that had induced a tailwind component on landing and probably caused the left wing to lift during the landing roll.

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General details
Date: 30 December 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530    
Location: Eudunda    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 16 May 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bolkow-Apparaterbao GmbH  
Aircraft model Phoebus  
Aircraft registration VH-GYB  
Serial number 914  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Stonefield SA  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Stonefield SA