Aviation safety investigations & reports

Alexander Schleicher K7, VH-UKY, Gulgong NSW, 31 October 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was attempting to complete a solo flight of at least one hour duration as part of the qualification for the issue of a C Gliding Certificate. Witnesses reported that during the winch launch, the glider lifted off too early, and then assumed the climb attitude before sufficient airspeed had been obtained. The pilot stated that she released from the winch cable when she became aware that the airspeed was too low. At about the same time the right wing dropped and the aircraft turned through about one and a half revolutions before impacting the ground with the right wingtip. The pilot had attempted to correct for the wing drop with aileron control inputs, which were ineffective at the low airspeed.

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General details
Date: 31 October 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1430    
Location: Gulgong    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 11 May 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau  
Aircraft model K7  
Aircraft registration VH-UKY  
Serial number 889  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gulgong NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Gulgong NSW