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The pilot was taking part in a gliding race. About 3 kilometres from the destination the pilot realised that he would not reach the aerodrome and that an outlanding would be necessary. He selected a small paddock with trees on the approach boundary, but sink was encountered and he found he was unable to clear these trees. The aircraft stalled either just before or coincident with colliding with the tree tops. The right wingtip then struck the ground 22 metres beyond the trees and the glider rotated through about 140 degrees to the right before the fuselage impacted heavily with the ground. The decision to outland was left too late.

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General details
Date: 08 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1214  
Location:1 km North Gawler Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 11 March 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: PZL - Bielsko 
Aircraft model: SZD-48 
Aircraft registration: VH-UKQ 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gawler SA
Departure time:1214
Destination:Gawler SA
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