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The pilot reported that an aerotow to 2700 feet agl seemed to be accomplished quickly. When the glider had descended to 1400 feet the pilot rejoined the circuit but then considered that the altimeter was defective. She believed that sufficient height remained to permit a landing at the strip and carried out a low, tight circuit. However, as the turn onto final was completed an immediate landing flare was required. A heavy touchdown occurred and the aircraft came to rest 175 metres after the strip boundary. Faulty alignment of the "thousands" needle in the altimeter had led to the pilot mis-setting the height of the strip prior to take-off. The indications she read from the instrument were therefore 1000 feet in error.

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General details
Date: 15 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1404  
Location:Woodbury Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 06 February 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Glasflugel 
Aircraft model: 205 
Aircraft registration: VH-GGQ 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Woodbury TAS
Departure time:1404
Destination:Woodbury TAS
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