Aviation safety investigations & reports

Moyes Mars Hang-glider, 34 km NW of Cairns, QLD, 16 November 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot attached his harness hangloops to the retaining strap instead of the keel tube. During a tight turn after takeoff the retaining strap parted due overload and the pilot plummeted onto rocks from approximately 200 feet altitude. The pilotless hang-glider flew into a tree. The retaining strap is a non structural part of the hang-glider designed to stop the hangloops sliding back along the keel tube.

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General details
Date: 16 November 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1550    
Location: Rex Lookout 34km North-West of Cairns    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 20 December 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Moyes Delta Gliders Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model Moyes Mars Hang-glider  
Aircraft registration N/A  
Serial number None  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Rex Lookout, QLD  
Departure time 1550  
Destination Wangetti Beach, QLD  
Last update 21 March 2016