Aviation safety investigations & reports

Standard Jantar 3, VH-HNG, Horsham VIC, 14 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting the last leg of a competition flight when he realised that an outlanding would probably be necessary. However, he was able to reach a point about 3 kilometres from the destination aerodrome, and while manoeuvring towards the selected paddock he considered he could in fact reach the aerodrome. The planned outlanding attempt was abandoned, but approaching the aerodrome boundary the pilot realised he was too low, and decided to land in a stubble paddock. During the turn onto final approach the left wing tip contacted the stubble and the glider struck the ground heavily. The pilot had delayed making an outlanding because of his desire to complete the competition. Wind conditions were calm, and the pilot could have conducted a straight-in approach to the stubble paddock, thus avoiding a turn at very low height above the ground. The pilot had been airborne for nearly 5 hours, and it was possible that he was affected by fatigue.

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General details
Date: 14 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1345    
Location: Horsham    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 14 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer PZL - Bielsko  
Aircraft model SZD-48  
Aircraft registration VH-HNG  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Horsham VIC  
Departure time 1345  
Destination Horsham VIC