Aviation safety investigations & reports

PIK-20D, VH-GIR, 1 km north of Tocumwal NSW, 16 February 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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At the completion of a cross country flight, the pilot attempted an out landing on a cleared area about 1 kilometre north of the aerodrome boundary. The approach path was in a southerly direction and took the glider between two large hangars, which were off the aerodrome. Powerlines which the pilot did not see, ran east west beside a road between the hangars and the outlanding field. The glider collided with these powerlines, separating the tailplane from the fuselage and the canopy was shattered.

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General details
Date: 16 February 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1920    
Location: 1 km north of Tocumwal    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Wirestrike  
Release date: 24 April 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 301  
Aircraft registration VH-GIR  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Tocumwal NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Tocumwal NSW