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While conducting a cross-country flight, the pilot encountered deteriorating lift conditions, and an outlanding became necessary. The pilot reported that while he was on short final approach to the selected paddock he encountered strong lift, which caused him to overshoot the target touchdown point. During manoeuvring for another approach, the glider stalled and struck the ground in a very steep nosedown attitude. When it was apparent that the aircraft would overshoot the target touchdown point, the pilot had carried out a steep turn to re-position for final approach. During this manoeuvre the spoilers, flaps and landing gear had been left extended. The pilot had evidently not monitored the airspeed and the glider had stalled and probably entered an incipient spin. There had been no requirement for the steep turn to be undertaken, as a landing straight ahead was available.

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General details
Date: 16 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1205 approx  
Location:Cooinbil (32 km West Coleambally) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 29 April 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: Nimbus 
Aircraft registration: VH-WVY 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tocumwal NSW
Departure time:1205 approx
Destination:Tocumwal NSW
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