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On 9 October 2017, a Jonker Sailplanes CC JSIC 18/21 sailplane, registered VH-IBS, collided with terrain near Boggabilla, NSW. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.

The Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) requested assistance from the ATSB to download information from an avionics unit on-board the sailplane, on the accident flight.

The GFA sent the avionics unit (the unit) to the ATSB facilities in Canberra. The unit was a LXNAV LX900. The device was badly damaged, with damage to the internal electronic circuit board. A micro-SD card, which was attached to the main circuit board, was also cracked (Figure 1). This micro-SD card contained the flight data.

Figure 1: Micro-SD card recovered from the avionics unit with the crack highlighted inside the red box

Figure 1: Micro-SD card recovered from the avionics unit with the crack highlighted inside the red box

Source: ATSB

The micro-SD card was x-rayed, which confirmed damage to the internal electrical connections (Figure 2).

Figure 2: X-ray of micro-SD card with the crack highlighted inside the red box

 

 

 Figure 2: X-ray of micro-SD card with the crack highlighted inside the red box

Source: ATSB

 

The ATSB was unable to recover any data from the micro-SD card. A report documenting the ATSB’s work was provided to the GFA.

Any enquiries in relation to the investigation should be directed to the GFA.

 

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General details
Date: 09 October 2017 Investigation status: Completed 
  
Location   (show map):near Boggabilla Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 28 February 2018 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final  
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: Jonker Sailplanes, JS1C 18/21 
Aircraft registration: VH-IBS 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Sector: Sport and recreational 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
 
 
 
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Last update 11 July 2018