Aviation safety investigations & reports

Motor Falke glider, VH-KPK, Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield Toogoolawah, QLD

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 1 September 2008, a Scheibe Flugzeugbau SF-25C Motor Falke glider collided with terrain at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield, Queensland. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured.

Representatives of the Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) requested the assistance of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in the technical examination of some parts of a safety harness recovered from the accident site. To protect the information supplied by the GFA and the investigative work undertaken to assist the GFA, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

A written report detailing the analysis was provided to the GFA in November 2008.



Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 01 September 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1006 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 14 November 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Scheibe Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model SF-25  
Aircraft registration VH-KPK  
Serial number 44182  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Destination Watts Bridge airfield  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 1 0 2
Total: 1 1 0 2
Last update 03 April 2020