Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hard landing involving a Glaser-Dirks DG-200, VH-GWU, Benalla, VIC on 11 January 1994

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot was making his first flight in the aircraft type having done check flights in two other glider types on the previous day. After a 90 minute local flight he returned to the airfield and joined the circuit for a landing on the 080 degree strip. The pilot reported that the approach was normal until just before touchdown when he closed the airbrakes. At this point the glider ballooned to approximately two metres above the ground and the airspeed decayed to less than 40 knots. The glider touched down heavily, hitting the ground tail first. The investigation revealed that the pilot had misinterpreted information from an instructor regarding the use of the air brakes during landing. This resulted in the pilot using a faulty landing technique.
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General details
Date: 11 January 1994   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 14:00 ESuT    
State: Victoria   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 24 March 1994   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Glaser-Dirks  
Aircraft model DG-200  
Aircraft registration VH-GWU  
Sector Other  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Benalla VIC  
Destination Benalla VIC