Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasflugel Libelle, VH-GCS, Woodvale Gliding Strip near Bendigo VIC, 20 October 1990

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had received winch launch training eighteen months earlier, but had not carried out any further launches until the day of the accident. His flying experience on the Libelle was restricted to two flights, some four months earlier. On the day of the accident, he underwent three winch launch check flights with a club instructor in a K7 glider, resulting in a satisfactory standard being assessed. It was reported that the pilot then prepared for a winch launch in the Libelle, which included selecting full nose down elevator trim to counter an expected nose up pitch tendency during lauch. Shortly after the glider became airborne, the nose piched up very steeply, the right wing dropped and struck the ground, resulting in the glider cartwheeling into a fence.

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General details
Date: 20 October 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1545    
Location   (show map): Woodvale Gliding Strip near Bendigo    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 23 July 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 201  
Aircraft registration VH-GCS  
Serial number 462  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Woodvale VIC  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Woodvale VIC