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Date:11-FEB-2008
Time:18:02 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic pw5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Politechnika Warszawska PW-5 Smyk
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: ZK-GJO
MSN: 17.08.014
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Waharoa, Waikato -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:NZMA
Destination airport:NZMA
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Narrative:
The pilot was competing in the New Zealand National Gliding Championships. During the last stage of a competition flight, while one nautical mile from Matamata Aerodrome, the glider was observed to turn steeply to the left and descend out of sight behind a stand of trees. A short time later the glider was found destroyed from impact with terrain and the pilot deceased.
The glider's maximum allowable weight, and maximum allowable cockpit weight, exceeded those stated in the Flight Manual. This may have made the glider less stable and responsive, particularly during steep turns at low airspeed. During a downwind, low level turn the pilot lost control of the glider with insufficient height remaining to recover the situation.
The decision to carry out a series of low level turns and the eventual loss of control was likely to have been influenced by competition and human error rather than any overriding degree of human under-performance caused by fatigue and or dehydration.

Sources:

http://www.caa.govt.nz/Accidents_and_Incidents/Accident_Reports/ZK-GJO_Fatal.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov-2009 08:14 angels one five Added
06-Apr-2010 22:13 angels one five Updated [Phase, Narrative]
07-Apr-2010 11:18 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Nov-2011 12:46 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
04-Feb-2022 15:08 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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