ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163
Last updated: 29 January 2015
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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.
|Type:||Schleicher ASW 22|
|C/n / msn:|| 22005|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Roseberry, Victoria -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Horsham, Victoria (YHSM)|
|Destination airport:||Horsham, Victoria (YHSM)|
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.
VH-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.
||Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
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