Aviation safety investigations & reports

Schleicher KA 6 CR, VH-GTW, 5 km SE Temora NSW, 10 January 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Towards the end of a 4 hour competition flight, the pilot realised that the aircraft would not reach the finishing line and that an outlanding would be necessary. After establishing the aircraft on final approach to the selected paddock, the pilot noticed a pile of stones obstructing the target touchdown area. While manoeuvring to avoid this obstruction, the left wing of the aircraft struck the ground and a ground loop ensued. The pilot had been suffering the effects of a head cold and sinus infection, and had probably become fatigued during the flight in demanding conditions. He had persisted in his efforts to reach the finish until the glider was too low to allow a more suitable paddock to be selected for the outlanding. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/K    
Location: 5 km SE Temora    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 09 April 1986   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau  
Aircraft model KA6  
Aircraft registration VH-GTW  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Temora NSW  
Departure time N/K  
Destination Temora NSW