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The pilot was conducting the last leg of a competition flight when he realised that an outlanding would probably be necessary. However, he was able to reach a point about 3 kilometres from the destination aerodrome, and while manoeuvring towards the selected paddock he considered he could in fact reach the aerodrome. The planned outlanding attempt was abandoned, but approaching the aerodrome boundary the pilot realised he was too low, and decided to land in a stubble paddock. During the turn onto final approach the left wing tip contacted the stubble and the glider struck the ground heavily. The pilot had delayed making an outlanding because of his desire to complete the competition. Wind conditions were calm, and the pilot could have conducted a straight-in approach to the stubble paddock, thus avoiding a turn at very low height above the ground. The pilot had been airborne for nearly 5 hours, and it was possible that he was affected by fatigue.

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General details
Date: 14 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1345  
Location:Horsham Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria  
Release date: 14 April 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: PZL - Bielsko 
Aircraft model: SZD-48 
Aircraft registration: VH-HNG 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Horsham VIC
Departure time:1345
Destination:Horsham VIC
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