Aviation safety investigations & reports

Schempp-Hirth Cirrus 75, VH-IIZ, 14 km NW Gulgong NSW, 23 February 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot, who was an experienced glider pilot and instructor, was taking part in a gliding competition. Only 2 of the 12 competitors were able to complete the exercise, the remainder being required to outland. Almost 4 hours after being launched, the aircraft was sighted in a right hand circling descent, apparently being manoeuvred for an outlanding. At low level, the angle of bank was seen to suddenly increase and the nose dropped. The right wing struck the ground and the aircraft cartwheeled before coming to rest about 34 metres from the point of initial impact. It was evident that the aircraft had entered an incipient spin at too low a height above the ground to enable the pilot to recover control of the aircraft. The reason for the loss of control could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 23 February 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1409    
Location: 14 km NW Gulgong    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 16 July 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model Cirrus  
Aircraft registration VH-IIZ  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Gulgong NSW  
Departure time 1409  
Destination Gulgong NSW