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The pilot was approaching to land at the end of a soaring flight. There was turbulence in the circuit area, with a moderate crosswind for the landing direction. The pilot realised he was overshooting his planned touchdown point, and side-slipped the glider to lose height. At the conclusion of this manoeuvre the glider was some 1000 feet in from the threshold. It then landed heavily and bounced, before a second heavy touchdown occurred. The pilot had evidently been distracted by the presence of another glider and a tug aircraft at the strip threshold, and probably by the wind strength and turbulence.

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General details
Date: 25 January 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1400  
Location:Pipers Field (12 km NNW Bathurst) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 16 April 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Glasflugel 
Aircraft model: 201 
Aircraft registration: VH-GBN 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Pipers Field NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Pipers Field NSW
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