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After travelling 15 metres during a winch-launch the left wing-tip contacted the ground. The instructor immediately assumed control of the glider and applied right rudder and aileron but the left wing entered an oat crop on the edge of the strip. The tip then dug into soft soil, causing the glider to cartwheel and impact heavily on its nose 120 metres from the take-off position and 35 metres to the left of the centreline. The crop on the edge of the 15 metre wide strip was about 1 metre high and the glider's wing span was 17.5 metres. The student was experiencing difficulty learning to control the aircraft during take-off and following wing-tip contact with the ground both the instructor and the student stated that they made control inputs. Conditions during the day were hot and the instructor had been on duty for nearly ten and half hours.

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General details
Date: 04 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1919  
Location:Whitwarta (10 km NW Balaklava) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 27 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: G103 
Aircraft registration: VH-KYN 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Whitwarta SA
Departure time:1919
Destination:Whitwarta SA
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