Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasflugel Standard Libelle, VH-GBN, Pipers Field (12 km NNW Bathurst) NSW, 25 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was approaching to land at the end of a soaring flight. There was turbulence in the circuit area, with a moderate crosswind for the landing direction. The pilot realised he was overshooting his planned touchdown point, and side-slipped the glider to lose height. At the conclusion of this manoeuvre the glider was some 1000 feet in from the threshold. It then landed heavily and bounced, before a second heavy touchdown occurred. The pilot had evidently been distracted by the presence of another glider and a tug aircraft at the strip threshold, and probably by the wind strength and turbulence.

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General details
Date: 25 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400    
Location: Pipers Field (12 km NNW Bathurst)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 16 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 201  
Aircraft registration VH-GBN  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Pipers Field NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Pipers Field NSW