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The glider was winch launched to a height of 900 feet above the ground. The pilot was unable to find any strong lift, and when the glider had descended to 600 feet the pilot rejoined the circuit for landing. Some sink was experienced on the downwind leg and the glider was only about 200 feet above the ground when the base turn was made. During the turn onto final approach, the right wing of the glider struck the ground. The aircraft swung sharply to the right and subsequently landed heavily. There was no other traffic in the area and the pilot could have modified his circuit and landed on a cross-strip. It was likely that he had attempted to land the aircraft close to the winch launch cable to facilitate the next flight.

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General details
Date: 19 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1805  
Location:Euroa Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 14 April 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Edmund Schneider Limited 
Aircraft model: ES-60 
Aircraft registration: VH-GQW 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Euroa VIC
Departure time:1800
Destination:Euroa VIC
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