Aviation safety investigations & reports

Blanik L-13, VH-GVJ, Carrick (16 km NE of Goulburn) NSW, 25 June 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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An aircraft maintenance engineer, who assisted the gliding group with maintenance aspects, was making a video movie of the glider operations. He was seen to be standing to the right-hand side, and well clear of the strip, near to the point where takeoffs were commenced. During the circuit by the particular glider, he moved to the edge of the strip to film the approach and landing. The colour of his clothing blended in with the high clumps of grass and general colour of the terrain, and the pilot did not detect his presence. When looking through the viewfinder of the camera, the photographer would have been led to believe that the glider was well clear of him. While panning the camera to film the landing run, he was struck on the neck by the wing of the passing aircraft.

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General details
Date: 25 June 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1350    
Location: Carrick (16 km NE of Goulburn)    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 10 November 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Let National Corporation  
Aircraft model Blanik  
Aircraft registration VH-GVJ  
Serial number 174807  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Carrick NSW  
Departure time 1345  
Destination Carrick NSW