Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rolladen-Schneider LS4, VH-CQL, 12 km SE of Benalla VIC, 29 October 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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When the pilot was about 600 feet above the ground he realized that he was committed to an outlanding. He noted that the selected paddock had one set of powerlines parallelling his intended landing direction. On short final at about 100 feet above ground level the pilot saw a second powerline obliquely crossing the intended landing path. He turned right and carried out a landing in another paddock. The glider landed downwind and the pilot initiated a groundloop in an attempt to avoid a collision with a fence. The manoeuvre was not successful and the glider came to rest straddling the fence. The pilot had evidently delayed his planning for an outlanding until the glider was substantially below the minimum height of 2000 feet recommended by the Gliding Federation.

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General details
Date: 29 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1400    
Location: 12 km SE of Benalla    
State: Victoria    
Release date: 09 February 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rolladen-Schneider Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model LS4  
Aircraft registration VH-CQL  
Serial number 4037  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Departure time 1305  
Destination Benalla VIC