Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau ASTIR CS 77, VH-KYQ, Tandarra, Vic, 8 March 2004

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau did not conduct an on scene investigation of this occurrence. The report presented below was derived from information supplied to the Bureau.

On 8 March 2004 at about 1550 Eastern Summer Time, a glider impacted the ground in Western Victoria. The pilot was fatally injured. Following the accident, the Victorian Coroner's office forwarded a global positioning system (GPS) navigation unit and a data logging unit from the glider to the Bureau for examination.

The GPS unit was able to be interrogated and data for the accident flight was downloaded (Fig 1). The data recovered from the GPS showed that the glider departed from Boort and appeared to be tracking towards Raywood. The track stopped at a position coincident with the reported accident site.

No altitude data was recorded by the GPS unit, therefore only the track of the glider was able to be displayed on a map.

The data logging unit sustained impact damage. The unit was connected to a computer with the applicable interrogation software installed. However, when an attempt was made to download the data, the unit returned an error signal and no data was able to be downloaded.

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General details
Date: 08 March 2004   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1550 hours EST    
Location   (show map): Tandarra    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 06 October 2004   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau  
Aircraft model G102  
Aircraft registration VH-KYQ  
Serial number 1681  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Unknown  
Destination Serpentine, VIC  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
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