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.
The micro-SD card was x-rayed, which confirmed damage to the internal electrical connections (Figure 2).
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.
The information contained in this web update is released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 and is derived from the initial investigation of the occurrence. Readers are cautioned that new evidence will become available as the investigation progresses that will enhance the ATSB's understanding of the accident as outlined in this web update. As such, no analysis or findings are included in this update.