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During ridge soaring operations, areas of sink were encountered and the aircraft descended over forested terrain. The only area suitable for an outlanding was a small deer enclosure. The pilot initially overshot the area and during the turn to re-position the aircraft for landing the right wing struck the fence surrounding the enclosure. The aircraft yawed through 90 degrees before impacting the ground in a level attitude. Although general soaring conditions were poor, the pilot had elected to leave the ridge-line to conduct a sight seeing flight. During this flight a wind change moved through the area. On return to the ridge-line the pilot, who had not detected the wind change, persisted with efforts to find an area of lift. The proximity of the aircraft to the tops of the trees and the small size of the deer enclosure precluded the pilot sighting the clearing in time to conduct a straight-in approach.

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General details
Date: 09 June 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1230  
Location:36 km SSE of Horsham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 19 July 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Glasflugel 
Aircraft model: 303 
Aircraft registration: VH-GSZ 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dadswells Bridge VIC
Departure time:1110
Destination:Dadswells Bridge VIC
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