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The pilot intended to land the glider as close as possible to the hangar. On final, speed was increased to make good the touchdown point, then the aircraft was held in level flight at about 20 feet above the strip. As the landing gear was selected down, the nose dropped and the glider impacted the runway heavily. The landing gear failed and the glider slid for 47 metres on its lower fuselage before coming to rest. The elevator trim had been set nose down for high speed flight, and although a trim check is required, it was omitted from the pre-landing checks. The pilot said that when he changed hands to lower the gear, he may have relaxed the pressure on the stick in his left hand which moved forward under the influence of the nose down trim, resulting the nose drop and the subsequent heavy landing.

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General details
Date: 11 August 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1735  
Location:Bundaberg Gliding strip, 12 km SSW of Bundaberg Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 26 September 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: G102 
Aircraft registration: VH-WQJ 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bunaberg Gliding Strip QLD
Departure time:1730
Destination:Bundaberg Gliding Strip QLD
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