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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213262
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic as19 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau ASW19B
Registration: VH-GWL
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:7km E of Waikerie, SA -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:7km E of Waikerie, SA
Destination airport:YWKI
Investigating agency: BASI
Following an outlanding, the pilot arranged an aerotow. The takeoff was commenced into wind and up a rise. The glider became airborne but on breasting the rise, the tug pilot aborted the takeoff as trees and a fence appeared closer than expected. The tug aircraft, which had just become airborne, turned left and the left wingtip struck the ground before the aircraft came to rest. The glider pilot released the tow but the glider's right wingtip contacted the ground then the fence before the glider impacted the ground beyond the fence. Before commencing the aerotow the pilot of the tug aircraft had estimated that sufficient distance was available for the takeoff to be completed. He did not measure the distance available nor consult the aircraft performance chart. The chart indicated that with the prevailing conditions, insufficient distance was available to successfully complete the takeoff.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

14-Jul-2018 09:36 Pineapple Added

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