Aviation safety investigations & reports

Eiriavion Pik 20D, VH-WVA, Boonah QLD, 13 March 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The glider was being towed by a tug aircraft for launch. During the early part of the take-off roll, the wing-man released the left wing and the wing dropped to the ground. The pilot was unable to regain the wings level attitude due to the lack of control effectiveness at low airspeed. The glider veered to the left of the flight strip as the glider pilot released the tow from the tug. The pilot could not avoid a collision with a strainer post in the boundary fence.

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General details
Date: 13 March 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1110    
Location: Boonah    
State: Queensland    
Release date: 29 July 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Eiriavion Oy  
Aircraft model PIK-20  
Aircraft registration VH-WVA  
Serial number 20572  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Boonah QLD  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Boonah QLD