Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasflugel 206 Hornet, VH-GGT, Glasflugel 206 Hornet, VH-GEZ, 30km E Tocumwal NSW, 11 December 1990

Investigation number:
199001168
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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The two gliders were taking part in a cross country skills development exercise with a team leader in a third glider. The team leader was ahead of the other two and waiting for them. VH-GGT was established in a thermal when the pilot sighted VH-GEZ tracking towards him. The pilot of VH-GGT levelled the wings to allow VH-GEZ to join the thermal. He then banked and resumed circling in the same direction. He heard a bang and felt the glider lurch and realised that the two gliders had collided. Both pilots carried out handling checks and the team leader carried out a visual check of the damage. The pilots then elected to fly 30 kilometres back to Tocumwal. The pilot of VH-GGT stated that his glider felt "funny" just before landing, and as he stepped out of the cockpit after landing the entire rear fuselage folded upwards, held by a double thickness of fibre glass only a few centimetres across. VH-GEZ was found to have considerable compression failures on the underside of the wing.

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General details
Date: 11 December 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1615    
Location: 30km E Tocumwal    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Airborne collision  
Release date: 10 May 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-GGT  
Serial number 78  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tocumwal NSW  
Departure time 1410  
Destination Tocumwal NSW  

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-GEZ  
Serial number 75  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tocumwal NSW