On 2 January 2015 a Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 2 glider, registered VH-GOV, collided with terrain near Benalla, Victoria. The pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured.
The Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) requested the technical assistance from the ATSB in the recovery of flight data from a damaged data-logging device to assist with the investigation into the occurrence. To facilitate this assistance and protect the information received from the GFA, an external investigation was initiated under the provisions of the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
The ATSB successfully downloaded the damaged data-logging device on 23 January 2015 and provided the GFA with a copy of the data.
Further information may be obtained by contacting the Gliding Federation of Australia.
|Date:||02 January 2015||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||13:50 ESuT||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||16 February 2015||Occurrence class:||Operational|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH|
|Aircraft model||NIMBUS 2|
|Type of operation||Gliding|
|Sector||Sport and recreational|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|