A glider which crashed near Tyagarah on Saturday.
A glider which crashed near Tyagarah on Saturday.

Air safety ignores crash

THERE will be no official air safety investigation into the crash of a glider at Tyagarah on Saturday.

Both occupants of the glider were hospitalised after the crash, which occurred on approach to the country airstrip.

However, as glider aircraft are considered “recreational” by air safety investigators, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman said that while the bureau was informed of the crash as a matter of course, it will not take part in any investigations into the cause of the accident.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) also has no jurisdiction to investigate the cause of the crash.

As rumours abound locally as to what caused the Saturday morning nosedive into a creek, the only group looking into the incident is the peak body for gliders, the Gliding Federation of Australia.

“We're in an unfortunate situation when it comes to this kind of thing,” federation chief technical officer for operations Kevin Olerhead said.

“The ATSB do not investigate unless it involves a paying pass- enger.

“But we're left in a situation where we've had an accident involving one of our aircraft and one of our members, and obviously we want to do everything we can to find out what happened,” he said.

Mr Olerhead said a federation regional technical officer would likely be sent to assess the situation in the near future.

Byron Shire Council is also looking into the incident.

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