Aviation safety investigations & reports

Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 2, VH-WVY, Cooinbil (32 km West Coleambally) NSW, 16 February 1987

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Status: Completed
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While conducting a cross-country flight, the pilot encountered deteriorating lift conditions, and an outlanding became necessary. The pilot reported that while he was on short final approach to the selected paddock he encountered strong lift, which caused him to overshoot the target touchdown point. During manoeuvring for another approach, the glider stalled and struck the ground in a very steep nosedown attitude. When it was apparent that the aircraft would overshoot the target touchdown point, the pilot had carried out a steep turn to re-position for final approach. During this manoeuvre the spoilers, flaps and landing gear had been left extended. The pilot had evidently not monitored the airspeed and the glider had stalled and probably entered an incipient spin. There had been no requirement for the steep turn to be undertaken, as a landing straight ahead was available.

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General details
Date: 16 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1205 approx    
Location: Cooinbil (32 km West Coleambally)    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 29 April 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model Nimbus  
Aircraft registration VH-WVY  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tocumwal NSW  
Departure time 1205 approx  
Destination Tocumwal NSW