Aviation safety investigations & reports

Edmond Schneider ES60 (Boomerang), VH-GQW, Euroa VIC, 19 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The glider was winch launched to a height of 900 feet above the ground. The pilot was unable to find any strong lift, and when the glider had descended to 600 feet the pilot rejoined the circuit for landing. Some sink was experienced on the downwind leg and the glider was only about 200 feet above the ground when the base turn was made. During the turn onto final approach, the right wing of the glider struck the ground. The aircraft swung sharply to the right and subsequently landed heavily. There was no other traffic in the area and the pilot could have modified his circuit and landed on a cross-strip. It was likely that he had attempted to land the aircraft close to the winch launch cable to facilitate the next flight.

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General details
Date: 19 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1805    
Location: Euroa    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 14 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Edmund Schneider Limited  
Aircraft model ES-60  
Aircraft registration VH-GQW  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Euroa VIC  
Departure time 1800  
Destination Euroa VIC