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The glider was launched by being towed behind a motor vehicle. After the glider became airborne, the pilot signalled to the vehicle driver to slow down. The vehicle driver slowed the vehicle too quickly, the tow rope slackened and the rope drogue deployed. The tow rope then released from the glider. Because of the position of the tow rope, below the glider, the pilot did not immediately lower the nose, the glider stalled at about 15 feet agl and landed heavily.

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General details
Date: 26 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1245 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Narrikup Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Western Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 05 February 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Glasflugel 
Aircraft model: 201 
Aircraft registration: VH-GGY 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Narrikup WA
Departure time:1245
Destination:Narrikup WA
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