Aviation safety investigations & reports

Schreibe Bergfalke 4, VH-GZM, 49 km WSW Clare SA, 10 January 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been ridge-flying not far from the glider field, along a range of hills oriented north/south. The coastline was located just west of the range of hills, and a north-westerly wind was providing good lift along the ridge. When a sea breeze developed, the wind changed to a south-easterly and the pilot was unable to maintain altitude or reach the glider field. During the subsequent outlanding the glider sustained damage when the pilot induced a ground loop to avoid striking a fence.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1930    
Location: 49 km WSW Clare    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 14 March 1988   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Scheibe Flugzeugbau GmbH  
Aircraft model Bergfalke  
Aircraft registration VH-GZM  
Serial number N/K  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Lochiel SA  
Departure time 1900  
Destination Lochiel SA