Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rolladen Schneider LS4A, VH-GXP, 2 km NW of Forbes NSW, 30 January 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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During the initial climb of an aerotow launch, the glider experienced strong sink. The pilot released from the tow, but the sink persisted. The pilot attempted to return to the aerodrome, and continued with this attempt beyond the point where a safe outlanding could be made. A straight-in approach was made to a paddock, where shortly after touchdown the aircraft collided with a ditch and a fence.

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General details
Date: 30 January 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1315    
Location: 2 km NW of Forbes    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 01 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rolladen-Schneider Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model LS4  
Aircraft registration VH-GXP  
Serial number 4258  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Forbes NSW  
Departure time 1310  
Destination Forbes NSW