Aviation safety investigations & reports

Schempp-Hirth Discus A, LB (Italian), Schempp-Hirth Discus A, VH-GSO, 7 km NE Deniliquin NSW, 29 January 1987

Investigation number:
198702379
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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The pilots were competing in a race as part of the World Gliding Championships. The gliders were in a group climbing in a thermal, when they collided at about 3900 feet above mean sea level. The Italian pilot in LB did not see the other aircraft, while the Polish pilot of VH-GSO only became aware of the proximity of LB at the last moment. The collision severed the right half of the horizontal stabiliser of LB, however the pilot was able to retain control of the aircraft and landed without further damage.

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General details
Date: 29 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: 7 km NE Deniliquin    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Airborne collision  
Release date: 22 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model Discus  
Aircraft registration VH-GSO  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Benalla VIC  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model Discus  
Aircraft registration VH-GSO  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Benalla VIC