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Bruce Tuncks

If I was Jabiru, I would be thinking South Africa was a better country to do business. I wish I could change things here.

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Garry Morgan
Looks a very pretty aeroplane Gary. Do you (or Aeroworks) have intentions to market it as a kit for homebuilding? Is it intended to routinely derig for transport/storage?

I will be handing over the business to someone who may kit the Cheyenne, The wings on the Cheyenne are in 4 pieces and the outer pannles are removered in 8 min each day to get it into the hangar. this is done on my own ,I have a wing sadle in the middle of the wing, when the two bolts are removered the wing comes off and turns vertical and wheeled in the hangar.

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bexrbetter
Cheyenne on a test flight;

 

Well done Morgans.

 

Be close to the cheapest glider in the world wouldn't it?

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Oscar

Is it definite that it was the Morgan Cheyenne? - it certainly looks like it, but further comment should not be made until there is positive identification.

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SDQDI

Paint job looks the same but that could be a coincidence.

 

 

Having said that surviving a wing fold is amazing. (Was trying to think of something else to say but amazing just about covers it)

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SDQDI
The news article mentions catastrophic wing failure...

 

Question - How many here fly gliders too?

Well that is a fairly harsh "I told you so" nobody. I don't mean any criticism to you nobody but it does come across a tad harsh.

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facthunter

I'd buy a lottery ticket on the strength of that miracle.. A couple of very lucky people. Nev

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ave8rr
Is it definite that it was the Morgan Cheyenne? - it certainly looks like it, but further comment should not be made until there is positive identification.

I am advised by a NZ mate that the glider is the Morgan Cheyenne. Not sure if it was Gary flying it. He has set up business in Blenheim.

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Kyle Communications

Ouch...very lucky to survive that.....lucky it was a steep mountain side

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Downunder
Ouch...very lucky to survive that.....lucky it was a steep mountain side

 

Probably one of the only occasions a "steep mountain side" was good...... In aviation, most of the time it's the opposite....

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SDQDI

Steep mountainside or not that is still an unbelievable outcome.

 

It is hard to see too much detail in the pictures but I can’t really see a long impact area down the hillside which you would think would be needed to slow the fall slowly enough.

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pylon500
Steep mountainside or not that is still an unbelievable outcome.

 

It is hard to see too much detail in the pictures but I can’t really see a long impact area down the hillside which you would think would be needed to slow the fall slowly enough.

I get the impression it may have come down like a sycamore seed, the mountain slope just adding that little extra deceleration to not be a sudden stop.

Have to wait till we hear from Gary.

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bexrbetter
Well that is a fairly harsh "I told you so" nobody. I don't mean any criticism to you nobody but it does come across a tad harsh.

 

Well it was a fair 'one on one' and nobody won. Well somebody won, but it was nobody, i mean, arrrh, forget it. Glad we can rib people about it as the Pax walked away.

 

It's a good result for Morgan as this avoids it happening in tragic circumstances and clearly shows where he has to re-engineer, and give his engineer a mouthful while he's at it. All this is moot if he actually clipped the wing along the side of the mountain of course.

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hihosland

Local papers report that a 61 yr old male owner of the plane and a 12 yr old girl survived the crash

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kgwilson

This is the report from the local Marlborough Express. The pilot and passenger are not named. Lucky escape from glider crash south of Blenheim

It would seem that the wing failed and folded over as it is seen on the ground. This prevented the ballistic parachute from being deployed & the glider then spiralled down like a sycamore seed as Pylon said about 1500 feet. They were very lucky & I bet extremely dizzy on contact with the side of the mountain.

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facthunter

The wing appears to have bent over a considerable length near the wing root.. Compression failure in the top elements?. Not a very thick section. Nev

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Methusala

Perhaps "Nobody's " comment closer to the (fairly obvious) truth than "harsh"?

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Oscar

I personally thought that Nobody's comment was polite, very well supported by his figuring, and worthy of consideration. (edited..mod)

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Happyflyer
I personally thought that Nobody's comment was polite, very well supported by his figuring, and worthy of consideration. (edited..mod)

Agree Oscar and summarily dismissed by Mr Morgan.

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