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The pilot was approaching to land in strong crosswind conditions. The area near the threshold of the strip was obstructed by machinery and another glider, and the usable strip width was reduced because of long grass. Although there was adequate strip length, the pilot elected to land close to the other glider. During the landing flare the aircraft drifted towards the obstructions, and the pilot raised one wing in an effort to avoid them. The other wing entered the long grass and the aircraft slewed sharply before falling to the ground.

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General details
Date: 25 October 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600  
Location:Lake Keepit Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 28 January 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: Nimbus 
Aircraft registration: VH-GEL 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lake Keepit NSW
Departure time:1430 approx
Destination:Lake Keepit NSW
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