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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 type: External Investigation 
Location   (show map):near Benalla Occurrence type:Collision with terrain 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 16 February 2015 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
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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Last update 09 June 2016