Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hornet H206 Glider, VH-GSC, 3 km NW Tomingley NSW, 24 October 1986

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been carrying out a solo cross-country training flight, when deteriorating lift forced him to make an outlanding. The approach to the paddock selected involved passing over a line of high trees. Severe sink was encountered and the pilot realised he would not clear the trees. He therefore applied full spoilers and attempted a landing short of the planned area. During the landing roll the glider collided with a flock of sheep, killing five of the animals on impact. The pilot was a Japanese national who was visiting the area. Before DEPARTURE he had advised the soaring club that he wished to undertake a local flight. As a result, he was not briefed on cross-country procedures and outlandings. When thermals were encountered after take-off, he had elected to conduct a longer flight. When the outlanding became necessary, the pilot had misjudged the strength of the wind and had continued downwind beyond the point where a successful approach to the selected paddock could be made.

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General details
Date: 24 October 1986   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300    
Location: 3 km NW Tomingley    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Animal strike  
Release date: 04 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-GSC  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Narromine NSW  
Departure time 1300  
Destination Narromine NSW