ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163
Last updated: 19 April 2014
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Date:24-JAN-1997
Time:16:33 LT
Type:Schleicher ASW 22
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: VH-UKG
C/n / msn: 22005
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Roseberry, VIC -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:YHSM
Destination airport:YHSM
Narrative:
During a competition, several high-performance single-seat gliders were flying on a triangular cross-country exercise in loose formation at between 2,500 and 3,000 ft AGL. VH-UKG (Schleicher ASW 22) was flying near the front of the group and began a left turn in search of rising air. At that time, VH-GWX (a Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 2C), which had recently joined the group, came alongside the left side of VH-UKG and began to pass.

The pilot of VH-UKG became aware of VH-GWX at the last moment and attempted to dive clear but the right wing of his glider, at about mid-span, struck the right side of the cockpit of VH-GWX.

UKG became uncontrollable as the wing disintegrated, the pilot jettisoned the canopy and bailed out at low level, receiving serious injuries.

The other glider was seen to perform a looping-type manoeuvre and impact the ground in a near-vertical attitude at high speed. Although the pilot was wearing a parachute, he did not abandon the aircraft. The pilot received fatal injuries.

Sources:
http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1997/AAIR/aair199700214.aspx
http://rcawsey.co.uk/asw22.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
17-Jan-2009 01:01 harro Updated
12-Nov-2011 11:12 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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