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Section 21 (2) of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (the Act) empowers the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to discontinue an investigation into a transport safety matter at any time. Section 21 (3) of the Act requires the ATSB to publish a statement setting out the reasons for discontinuing an investigation.

On 29 July 2017, the ATSB commenced an investigation into a collision with terrain involving a Zaklad Remontow I Produkeji Spreztu Lotnicz MDM-1P FOX-P glider, registered VH-GPT, at Lismore Airport, New South Wales.

The ATSB found that while conducting an aerobatic display, the glider impacted the ground heavily during the final manoeuvre. The pilot was seriously injured. Examination of the aircraft identified no mechanical issues or faults that may have contributed to the accident.

The Gliding Federation of Australia has conducted an investigation of this accident and the public report (S-1010) is availiable on their website.

The ATSB has also reviewed the safety and administrative procedures necessary to conduct air shows and found that, in this case, preparations were consistent with regulatory requirements. The ATSB investigation AO-2017-013, Mallard aircraft, Perth, January 2017 is examining a range of issues associated with air shows, including the suitability of the regulations, approval and oversight of air shows, and compliance with regulatory approvals during air shows.

In this case, the ATSB did not identify any organisational or systemic issues that contributed to the development of the accident or that might adversely affect the future safety of aviation operations. The ATSB assessed that no safety issues would be identified through further investigation. On that basis, the ATSB will discontinue this investigation.

General details
Date: 29 July 2017 Investigation status: Discontinued 
Time: 15:25 EST  
Location   (show map):Lismore Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 22 September 2017 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Discontinued Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft model: Zaklad Remontow I Produkeji Sprzetu, MDM-1P FOX-P 
Aircraft registration: VH-GPT 
Serial number: 232 
Operator: Private 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lismore, NSW
Destination:Lismore, NSW
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Last update 14 November 2018