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The pilot was converted to the Olympia 2 glider on 4 January, 1972, and on that day he made five Rights in VH-GHR. On the third of these flights he experienced a cable break at about 300 feet and landed normally off a modified circuit. On 5 January, 1972, he completed one satisfactory flight in VH-GHR. On his next launch in this glider, at approximately 1344 hours central summer time, the cable broke when the aircraft had reached a height of about 30 feet above the ground. The pilot released the cable and pushed the control column forward, then extended the dive brakes as for a normal landing but it is probable that the airspeed was low. Although the pilot attempted to flare the glider for landing it struck the ground heavily in a slightly nose down attitude.
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General details
Date: 05 January 1972 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1345 CSuT  
Location:Stonefield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 18 September 1972 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Elliotts Of Newbury Ltd 
Aircraft model: Olympia 
Aircraft registration: VH-GHR 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Stonefield
Departure time:1344
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