Aviation safety investigations & reports

Romainian IS 28B2, VH-GII, Benalla VIC, 3 December 1988

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot had been flight checked for solo flying in the morning prior to the accident. On the first solo circuit when on approach to land the pilot realised the glider was lined up too close to several gliders parked in line ahead on the airfield. The approach was made in a light cross wind from the left. The pilot corrected in the wrong direction for the misalignment, compounding the problem. As the airbrakes had not been deployed the glider was unable to be landed beyond the parked gliders. After touchdown, despite an attempt to avoid the raised right wing of the closest glider,the left wing of the landing glider struck the right wing tip of the parked glider, swinging the landing glider toward the next aircraft in line. The left wing of the landing glider struck the right wing of this second glider, resulting in substantial damage to both aircraft. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 03 December 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1143    
Location: Benalla    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 06 March 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer ICA Brasov (Intreprinderea De Constructii Aeronautice)  
Aircraft model IS-28  
Aircraft registration VH-GII  
Serial number 202  
Type of operation Gliding  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Departure time 1139  
Destination Benalla VIC