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Following the loss of thermal activity the pilot elected to land in a paddock where the 5-10 knot wind would produce a right crosswind and downwind component for landing. During the base leg, which was commenced from a low height, the pilot realised that his groundspeed was high. The turn to finals was conducted at 60 knot indicated airspeed and up to 45 degrees of bank to avoid overshooting the final path. Dive brake was applied during the turn to increase the glider's descent angle but the glider stalled. During the recovery the glider collided with trees.

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General details
Date: 14 October 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530  
Location:5 km South of Ballan Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 05 March 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Vazduhoplovno Tehnicki Centar 
Aircraft model: Cirrus 
Aircraft registration: VH-GOM 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bacchus Marsh VIC
Departure time:1430
Destination:Bacchus Marsh VIC
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