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The pilot had completed a soaring flight of some two and a half hours duration. The aircraft was seen to make an apparently normal approach, but during the landing flare the tail cone contacted the ground and the glider pitched nose down. The forward fuselage area then struck the ground heavily. The glider received only minor damage, however the pilot suffered serious back injuries. The pilot was using three additional soft foam cushions on top of the seat to elevate his position in the cockpit. It is probable that during the hard landing the resilient cushions compressed rapidly and the pilot continued downward after the aircraft had started to rebound and then stopped abruptly as he hit the seat pan. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 25 March 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1655  
Location:Waikerie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 15 July 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: G103 
Aircraft registration: VH-IKU 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Waikerie SA
Departure time:1425 approx
Destination:Waikerie SA
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