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The pilot was a member of the French team competing in the "Austraglide `86" gliding championships. At the end of a cross-country exercise the pilot reported that he was 5 kilometres from the finish line. The pilot of another glider observed that when the subject aircraft was one kilometre from the line it was apparently low. Shortly afterwards the glider collided with power lines. The tailplane was cut off by this impact and the glider then struck the ground in a steep nose down attitude. The glider was seen leaving an area of thermal activity with apparently sufficient altitude to complete the flight to Benalla. The reason why the glider subsquently descended to the low altitude which resulted in the collision with the power lines could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1353  
Location:1 km North of Benalla Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 19 May 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rolladen-Schneider Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: LS4 
Aircraft registration: VH-GXG 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Benalla VIC
Departure time:1353
Destination:Benalla VIC
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