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While being towed to the planned launch height, the glider under tow and another glider in the circuit area, collided. The collision caused the tow rope to break and the pilot of the glider, although injured, was able to land his aircraft. The tailplane of the other glider separated in the collision and the aircraft descended uncontrolled into the ground. The tug aircraft was undamaged and landed safely. The glider rejoining the circuit approached the tug and glider under tow from the right rear quarter. Immediately prior to the collision, witnesses reported that the glider attempted avoiding action. The reason the pilot did not see the two other aircraft until it was too late to successfully take avoiding action, could not be determined. However, the combination of a broken cloud cover and a mottled background would have made the pilot's task more difficult.

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General details
Date: 26 August 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: a)1301 b) and c)1330 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Cunderdin Occurrence type:Airborne collision 
State: Western Australia Occurrence class: Airspace 
Release date: 20 September 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Edmund Schneider Limited 
Aircraft model: ES-KA 
Aircraft registration: VH-GQK 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Cunderdin WA
Departure time:1301
Destination:Cunderdin WA
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Let National Corporation 
Aircraft model: Blanik 
Aircraft registration: VH-WUT 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cunderdin WA
Departure time:1330
Aircraft 3 details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada 
Aircraft model: DHC-1 
Aircraft registration: VH-RJK 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure time:1330
 
 
 
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