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HGFA ACCIDENT & INCIDENT REPORT

Initial reports are listed below.
Upon finalisation of an investigation, findings and recommendations will be published here and in the HGFA Sky Sailor magazine.
Please note: In the event of a fatality, HGFA findings will not be released until the Coroner has completed investigations and release their findings.

Date No. / Discipline State Description Recomendation
15-02-2019 982 / PG Nova Ion5
This report is under review.
25-08-2018 12:00 981 / PG SA & NT Accident Peeralilla Advance Epsilon or Iota?
This report is under review.
06-02-2019 4pm 974 / PG NSW Accident Harrys Lookout, Port Macquarie Niviuk Link 2
This report is under review.
13-01-2019 12:00 973 / PG NSW Accident Mt. Borah Flow Paragliders XCRacer
This report is under review.
13-01-2019 12:00 972 / PG NSW Accident Mt. Borah Flow Paragliders XCRacer
This report is under review.
08-02-2019 13:30 971 / PG Southeast Qld Incident Point Cartwright BGD Punk
This report is under review.
02-02-2019 20:40 970 / PPG VIC Accident 111 Channel Inlet Road, Murchison, Victoria
This report is under review.
12-01-2019 16:00 969 / HG VIC Accident Spion Airborne Sting 3
After a good flight the Pilot came in for landing and encountered turbulence which caused the wing to pitch and dive at the last seconds, driving the brace bar into the sand and snapping the up-right. The pilots hand went through the broken section, cutting his right hand and severing a tendon.
This report is under review.
27-01-2019 07:30 967 / WM Southeast Qld Accident Noosa North Shore Airborne Windsports Edge X 582
CONCLUSION: The pilot is an experienced and responsible pilot who has provided a plausible version. The examination of the aircraft and damage to it is in line with the version provided by the pilot. Investigators believe the engine failure is due to propeller blade failure as a result of a poor-quality repair. It is surmised that the initial noise in the engine heard by the pilot was the start of the blade de-laminating. Once he eased off the accelerator and considered landing on the beach, with less force on the blade, the sound eased which in turn has made the pilot believe the engine tone had returned to normal. He then increased power to high revs and climbed out which has put considerable force on the blade causing a total de-lamination and severe vibration to the engine. This vibration would have been so severe as to disturb fuel flow and cause the engine to stop. The remainder of damage has been caused during the heavy landing in which both wings were ultimately folded back. Despite the engine stopping the propeller would have continued to rotate which has accounted for the other damaged blades. Carburetor icing was discounted given the circumstances. i.e. full power, not descending from a great height, 24 degrees air temperature. Injuries would have not resulted at all if the helmet air dam had been secured in a satisfactory manner and the pilot wasn’t wearing sun glasses. The identity of the person who performed the repair to the propeller blade is unknown. The pilot advises the repair was in place when he purchased the aircraft in 2014 from Airborne Australia NSW, as a used aircraft. It is unknown if this repair was conducted by the previous owner/s or Airborne staff. This repair is not documented. The account of one female witness (as stated by police) saying she observed a flame emanating from the engine, is believed to actually be polystyrene foam from the inside of the blade. The aircraft displays 580 hours on the operating gauge and the engine bearing test shows that the rear bearing is beginning to fail although the engine operating test was positive. It is also noted that an engine bearing test was conducted by the pilot on 17/6/2018 (biennial inspection) and the wear was even at that point, registering 0.035 mm each. (digital instrument) A compression test was also conducted at that time and was similar to the current results.
Pilot - The pilot has conducted himself in an appropriate manner and handled the situation well and in line with training. In hindsight, he acknowledges that had he climbed over the beach instead of turning over the water, he would have been able to easily land on the beach once the propeller failed. There is no recommendation for adjustments to training procedures. Aircraft - The pilot has been advised, and has agreed that the engine bearing test reveals the engine should not be used any further unless professionally rebuilt. He also understands that the propeller and wing are beyond repair. It is recommended that the HGFA advise its members of the possible consequences of utilising a poorly repaired propeller blade. It is also recommended that members are advised of the hazards associated with similar designed helmets and the exposed sharp bolts. Compliance - The pilot was genuinely surprised and disappointed in himself when advised he HGFA had expired. It is correct that he was not a financial member of the HGFA when this incident occurred however, I believe this was a mistake and not intentional. This is a matter for the HGFA Operations Manager. Perhaps an expiry date should be added to HGFA membership cards.
24-01-2019 16:24 966 / PG VIC Accident GIN Carrera
This report is under review.
02-01-2019 965 / PG NSW Accident Booti Booti National Park/Elizabeth Beach Air Design Rise3
This report is under review.
26-01-2019 10:20 964 / PG VIC Accident Knowsley Airpark Gin Pegasus
This report is under review.
24-01-2019 16:00 963 / PG NSW Accident Bald Hill Stanwell Park Skywalk Spice
This report is under review.
19-01-2019 962 / PG VIC Incident Air Design
This report is under review.
19-01-2019 12:00 961 / PG VIC Incident Kilcunda Flow ACE
This report is under review.
18-01-2019 17:00 960 / PG NSW Accident Crackneck Nova Ion 5
This report is under review.
17-01-2019 1130 959 / PG Southeast Qld Accident Numinbah. Border of NSW and QLD Advance Sigma 10
This report is under review.
16-01-2019 11:00 958 / PG NSW Accident Long Flat AirDesign EAZY
This report is under review.
12-01-2019 14:00 957 / PG VIC Incident Directly in front of launch Gin Boomerang 11
Competition pilots should be enjoined to maintain awareness of other pilots in close quarter situations such as thermalling and to conduct themselves on the basis of the collision avoidance rules, but ultimately to take whatever measures are required to avoid collisions as well as mitigating the likelihood of collisions. This should be emphasised by the competition organisation (e.g. at the initial briefing).
09-01-2019 13:30 955 / PG NSW Accident Strezleki Lookout Newcastle Axis Comet 2
This report is under review.
03-01-2019 1400 953 / PG TAS Accident Kempton Advance Alpha 5
This report is under review.
06-01-2019 16:30 952 / PG NSW Accident Mount Borrah West Launch Advance BiBeta 5
This report is under review.
10-01-2019 951 / PG NSW Incident lake george - gearys gap airdesign rise 2
This report is under review.
01-01-2019 950 / HG WA Accident Bunbury back beach moyes sonic
This report is under review.
28-12-2018 12:45 949 / PG NSW Incident Warriewood Little Cloud Bidule 31 Tandem
The Pilot accepts that through repeated crossing's of the knuckle, he was complacent about the height needed to cross safely. This is especially important if the wind is cross from the North, as the knuckle then provides a 'hole' in the lift band and when low, it is a long way to the beach. The landing used in this incident, at the S/E end of the cliff is OK at low tide, but problematic at high tide. The pilot's report, and my communication with him, satisfies me that the pilot recognises the mistake and will leave more safety margin in future. CFI has discussed the incident with the other FEI associated with Sydney Paragliding. I will ensure the other operators are also aware.