Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasser Dirks DG400, VH-HDE, Gawler SA, 22 November 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Before lining up for takeoff, the motor glider pilot estimated that there would be sufficient time for his takeoff to be completed between a landing glider, and the tug aircraft that had just joined the circuit. The takeoff was delayed by the time taken to clear the landing glider from the strip. The tug aircraft, just prior to turning final, was observed to increase power and head towards the departing motor glider which had just commenced its takeoff run. It passed low over the motor glider and the tow rope struck the right aileron of that aircraft. The glider pilot had lined his aircraft up for takeoff on the strip the tug pilot intended to use for landing. The tug pilot stated that his intention was to teach the glider pilot a lesson not to attempt to takeoff in front of him again. In taking this action the tug pilot forgot that the tow rope was still attached and trailing his aircraft.

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General details
Date: 22 November 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1000    
Location: Gawler    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 07 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glaser-Dirks  
Aircraft model DG-400  
Aircraft registration VH-HDE  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gawler SA  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Waikerie SA