Aviation safety investigations & reports

Alexander Schleicher Gmbh & Co, VH-UKG and Schempp-Hirth GmbH & Co. KG, VH-GWX, Roseberry, Vic

Investigation number:
199700214
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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During a competition, several high-performance single-seat gliders were flying on a triangular cross-country exercise in loose formation at between 2,500 and 3,000 ft AGL. VH-UKG was flying near the front of the group and began a left turn in search of rising air. At that time, VH-GWX, which had recently joined the group, came alongside the left side of UKG and began to pass.

The pilot of UKG became aware of GWX at the last moment and attempted to dive clear but the right wing of his glider, at about mid-span, struck the right side of the cockpit of GWX.

UKG became uncontrollable as the wing disintegrated, the pilot jettisoned the canopy and bailed out at low level, receiving serious injuries.

The other glider was seen to perform a looping-type manoeuvre and impact the ground in a near-vertical attitude at high speed. Although the pilot was wearing a parachute, he did not abandon the aircraft. The pilot received fatal injuries.

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General details
Date: 24 January 1997   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1633 ESuT    
Location   (show map): Roseberry    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Airborne collision  
Release date: 01 July 1997   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft 1 details

Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau  
Aircraft model ASW 22  
Aircraft registration VH-UKG  
Serial number 5  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Horsham, Vic  
Departure time 1330 ESuT  
Destination Horsham, Vic  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command 75 1750

Aircraft 2 details

Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model Nimbus  
Aircraft registration VH-GWX  
Serial number Nimbus 2C, 178  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Horsham, Vic  
Departure time 1330 ESuT  
Destination Horsham, Vic  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command 592.2 3234
 
Injuries
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Serious: 1 0 0 1
Total: 2 0 0 2
Last update 13 May 2014