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Towards the end of a 4 hour competition flight, the pilot realised that the aircraft would not reach the finishing line and that an outlanding would be necessary. After establishing the aircraft on final approach to the selected paddock, the pilot noticed a pile of stones obstructing the target touchdown area. While manoeuvring to avoid this obstruction, the left wing of the aircraft struck the ground and a ground loop ensued. The pilot had been suffering the effects of a head cold and sinus infection, and had probably become fatigued during the flight in demanding conditions. He had persisted in his efforts to reach the finish until the glider was too low to allow a more suitable paddock to be selected for the outlanding. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:5 km SE Temora Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 09 April 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: KA6 
Aircraft registration: VH-GTW 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Temora NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Temora NSW
 
 
 
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