Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rolladen-Schneider LS3A, VH-IZK, The Rock NSW, 28 December 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was participating in a local club competition the task being Benalla - The Rock - Rennie - Benalla. The pilot reported that he was attempting an outlanding in a paddock west-south-west of The Rock township on the eastern side of The Rock range. He started a right hand circuit at about 500 feet above ground level (agl). At about 200 feet agl as he was turning from the downwind to a base-final position the aircraft experienced very rapid sink. He attempted to recover with full forward stick but the aircraft went into a dive. Back stick had no effect so he maintained forward stick. Close to the ground as he was apparently recovering from the dive the aircraft struck some small branches and a wire fence. In order to avoid a large tree the pilot banked the aircraft to the left but the right wing struck the top of the tree. The aircraft rolled inverted and struck the ground upside down 50 metres beyond the tree. This accident was not the subject of a formal on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 28 December 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1520    
Location: The Rock    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 02 October 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Serious  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Rolladen-Schneider Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model LS3  
Aircraft registration VH-IZK  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Departure time 1230  
Destination Benalla VIC