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During a cross country flight the glider encountered an area of sink. The pilot was unable to find any updraughts and selected a paddock in which to land. As the glider was on short final, it suddenly lost height and collided with the boundary fence of the paddock. The pilot was inexperienced on type and also lacked recent experience of outlandings. The paddock selected gave a shorter landing distance than desirable and the pilot aimed for a lower than normal height to cross the boundary fence. When sudden sink was encountered in the hot, turbulent conditions the pilot was unable to prevent colliding with the fence.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1505 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:50 km SE of Port Pirie  
State: South Australia  
Release date: 25 March 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Minor 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Edmund Schneider Limited 
Aircraft model: ES-60 
Aircraft registration: VH-GTL 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Whitwarta SA
Departure time:1255
Destination:Whitwarta SA
 
 
 
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