Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glaser Dirks DG 300 Elan, ZK-GSS, 3.5 km North of Tungamah VIC, 18 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was on the final leg of a competition gliding exercise, when deteriorating lift made an outlanding necessary. Final approach to the selected paddock was into a 10 to 15 knot wind, but was also towards the setting sun. The pilot had difficulty in seeing ahead because of the sun glare, which was exaggerated by a thin film of dust on the canopy. The pilot failed to see powerlines ahead of the aircraft. Following collision with the wires, the aircraft struck the ground heavily. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 18 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2005    
Location: 3.5 km North of Tungamah    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 13 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glaser-Dirks  
Aircraft model DG-300  
Aircraft registration ZK-GSS  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Departure time 1200  
Destination Benalla VIC