Aviation safety investigations & reports

Rolladen-Schneider LS 4A, VH-IID, "Iona" 30 Km SW Narromine NSW, 24 September 1989

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was undertaking an outlanding after failing to complete an attempted 150 kilometre soaring flight. The selected landing area was large and flat and was sparsely covered by grass. After a normal touchdown the aircraft rolled for about 100 metres before the landing gear collapsed. The aircraft slid for a further 50 metres before coming to rest with substantial damage to the fuselage undersurfaces. The pilot reported the landing surface was very rough, probably due to the earlier movement of cattle during wet conditions. He was not sure that the roughness of the ground could be determined from the air. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 24 September 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1606    
Location: "Iona" 30 Km SW Narromine    
State: New South Wales    
Release date: 06 November 1989   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-IID  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Narromine NSW  
Destination Narromine NSW