Aviation safety investigations & reports

Glasflugel Hornet, VH-GMU, 4km North-west of SAddleworth SA, 30 January 1987

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was attempting a 300km cross country flight. After release from the aerotow the glider only achieved 3000 feet above mean sea level. As the flight continued no further height gain was achieved and on descending to below 2000 feet the pilot decided to carry out an outlanding. While the glider was being manoeuvred in the circuit, at about 50 feet above ground level, the right wing dropped and struck the ground. The pilot had selected a landing field when flying with 2000 feet indicated on the altimeter. He was unaware that the terrain over which he was flying was 1000 feet above mean sea level and thus only 1000 feet below the aircraft. During the approach the aircraft became low and the airspeed decreased until the aircraft stalled at too low an altitude to allow recovery.

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General details
Date: 30 January 1987   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1300    
Location: 4km North-west of Saddleworth    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 14 May 1987   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glasflugel  
Aircraft model 206  
Aircraft registration VH-GMU  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Gawler SA  
Departure time 1300  
Destination Gawler SA  
Last update 13 May 2014