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The pilot was making his second solo flight at the completion of a one-week gliding course. On the landing approach the glider was seen to be undershooting with the speed brakes extended. As the approach continued the undershoot increased but the speed brakes remained extended. The glider struck a fence, bounced across a road and struck a second fence at the aerodrome boundary. A fence wire rode over the nose, shattering the canopy and decapitating the pilot. No contributory fault was found with any of the components of the glider. The pilot misjudged the final approach.

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General details
Date: 06 November 1982 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1003  
Location:Benalla VIC. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 28 February 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: ICA Brasov (Intreprinderea De Constructii Aeronautice) 
Aircraft model: IS-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-GVW 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Benalla VIC
Departure time:956
Destination:Benalla VIC
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