Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasflugel Mosquito, VH-FQO, Cobram VIC, 13 November 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was conducting a navigational exercise from Benalla to Benalla via overhead Tocumwal N.S.W. The wind conditions were northerly and gusting. The pilot realised he would be unable to effect a return and decided to outland. A paddock was chosen which appeared suitable and provided a good landing run into wind. However the paddock had been ploughed and grass had grown to 0.3 metres high. Following touchdown well into the field the combination of rough ground medium high grass and heavy braking caused the glider to ground loop breaking the rear fuselage as it did so. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 13 November 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1545    
Location: Cobram    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 06 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 303  
Aircraft registration VH-FQO  
Serial number 171  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Benalla VIC