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The pilots were competing in a race as part of the World Gliding Championships. The gliders were in a group climbing in a thermal, when they collided at about 3900 feet above mean sea level. The Italian pilot in LB did not see the other aircraft, while the Polish pilot of VH-GSO only became aware of the proximity of LB at the last moment. The collision severed the right half of the horizontal stabiliser of LB, however the pilot was able to retain control of the aircraft and landed without further damage.

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General details
Date: 29 January 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:7 km NE Deniliquin Occurrence type:Airborne collision 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Airspace 
Release date: 22 April 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: Discus 
Aircraft registration: VH-GSO 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Benalla VIC
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Benalla VIC
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: Discus 
Aircraft registration: VH-GSO 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Benalla VIC
 
 
 
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