Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the Gliding Federation of Australia in the recovery of flight data - Collision with terrain involving a Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 2 glider, VH-GOV, near Benalla, Vic. on 2 January 2015

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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.

General details
Date: 02 January 2015   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 13:50 ESuT   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Benalla    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 16 February 2015   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model NIMBUS 2  
Aircraft registration VH-GOV  
Serial number 70  
Type of operation Gliding  
Sector Sport and recreational  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
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