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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 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 06 October 2004 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
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
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 1001
Total:1001
 
 
 
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Last update 02 March 2016