Aviation safety investigations & reports

Standard Libelle, VH-GCS, Massie Aerodrome Warwick QLD, 25 June 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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While the aircraft was on base leg the pilot saw a powered aircraft which had been conducting circuits throughout the day on final approach. He considered that he would land too close behind the other aircraft so elected to land on the grass strip beside the runway. During the landing the long grass impeded the left wing slightly. The pilot corrected but the right wing struck the ground and a ground loop ensued. Examination of the tyre marks indicated that the pilot had actually landed outside the strip markers in an area of long grass and rough ground. Witnesses observed that the powered aircraft had conducted a touch and go landing and was airborne again before the glider crossed the threshold boundary fence.

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General details
Date: 25 June 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1530    
Location: Massie Aerodrome Warwick    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Depart/app/land wrong runway  
Release date: 11 September 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 201  
Aircraft registration VH-GCS  
Serial number Unknown  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Destination Massie Aerodrome QLD