Fatal accident at Chabre open – sad news

Fatal accident at Chabre open – sad news

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Since years i have informed you all about all kind of things during Chabre open. Now there’s a sad message. I coppied this official note from the meetdirectors Dave and Jocky. Sometimes is not just the fun.




It is with great regret that the organisers of the Chabre Open, Chabre Vol Libre, announce the fatal accident of Swiss pilot, Gordan Vosicki, during the first task of this year’s competition. The accident happened about 20 minutes after the task launch window opened on Montagne de Chabre, Monday 4th July. Witnesses report that his glider (Skywalk Chilli – EN-B) suffered a large deflation, eventually resulting in a spiral dive. His reserve parachute was not deployed.

The conditions were calm, with a light southerly wind and normal thermic conditions. No other pilot was involved. The task was immediately cancelled and pilots in the area swiftly vacated the area to allow helicopter access.

Gordan was 58, owner of a small computer engineering company. This was to be his first competition, although he was a very experienced cross country pilot with 500+ hours over 8 years. His Swiss team mates said that he was very much looking forward to participating. He is survived by his wife, Brigitte and two children who arrived at Laragne-Chabre on Wednesday.

The day after the tragedy, the entire competition took time out to remember Gordan. There was to be no official competition task. Meet Directors Jocky Sanderson and David Owen were fully aware that pilots react quite differently in such situations. Therefore pilots were offered the choice of free flying, attending a ‘safety day’ including talks and equipment checks, or spending the day in their own way.

The sincerest heart-felt sympathies of the entire organisation, together with sponsors, Ozone and Cross Country Magazine, and all the competitors here at the Chabre Open, go out to Gordan’s family and friends. We are all so very sorry for their sad loss.