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The pilot was engaged in a local soaring flight when she judged that an outlanding was necessary. The wind conditions were assessed by observing dust from vehicles on a dirt road and a landing pattern was established. On final approach into a large cleared area, the pilot became aware of an increased ground speed and altered the flight path to land into rising terrain. During the landing, the right wingtip struck the ground and the glider was substantially damaged during the ensuing ground loop. On alighting from the glider, the pilot became aware of strong variable conditions that had induced a tailwind component on landing and probably caused the left wing to lift during the landing roll.

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General details
Date: 30 December 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530  
Location:Eudunda Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 May 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bolkow-Apparaterbao GmbH 
Aircraft model: Phoebus 
Aircraft registration: VH-GYB 
Serial number: 914 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Stonefield SA
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Stonefield SA
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