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Technical Assistance to The Gliding Federation of Australia - Collision with terrain involving Jonker Sailplanes JS1C 18/21, VH-IBS, near Boggabilla, NSW on 9 October 2017

Investigation number:
AE-2017-107
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Final Report

On 9 October 2017, a Jonker Sailplanes CC JSIC 18/21 sailplane, registered VH-IBS, collided with terrain near Boggabilla, NSW. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.

The Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) requested assistance from the ATSB to download information from an avionics unit on-board the sailplane, on the accident flight.

The GFA sent the avionics unit (the unit) to the ATSB facilities in Canberra. The unit was a LXNAV LX900. The device was badly damaged, with damage to the internal electronic circuit board. A micro-SD card, which was attached to the main circuit board, was also cracked (Figure 1). This micro-SD card contained the flight data.

Figure 1: Micro-SD card recovered from the avionics unit with the crack highlighted inside the red box

Figure 1: Micro-SD card recovered from the avionics unit with the crack highlighted inside the red box

Source: ATSB

The micro-SD card was x-rayed, which confirmed damage to the internal electrical connections (Figure 2).

Figure 2: X-ray of micro-SD card with the crack highlighted inside the red box

 

 

 Figure 2: X-ray of micro-SD card with the crack highlighted inside the red box

Source: ATSB

 

The ATSB was unable to recover any data from the micro-SD card. A report documenting the ATSB’s work was provided to the GFA.

Any enquiries in relation to the investigation should be directed to the GFA.

 

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General details
Date: 09 October 2017   Investigation status: Completed  
Location   (show map): near Boggabilla   Investigation type: External Investigation  
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 28 February 2018   Occurrence class: Operational  
Report status: Final   Occurrence category:  
  Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Jonker Sailplanes, JS1C 18/21  
Aircraft registration VH-IBS  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Sector Sport and recreational  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 14 November 2018