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The pilot was attempting to complete a solo flight of at least one hour duration as part of the qualification for the issue of a C Gliding Certificate. Witnesses reported that during the winch launch, the glider lifted off too early, and then assumed the climb attitude before sufficient airspeed had been obtained. The pilot stated that she released from the winch cable when she became aware that the airspeed was too low. At about the same time the right wing dropped and the aircraft turned through about one and a half revolutions before impacting the ground with the right wingtip. The pilot had attempted to correct for the wing drop with aileron control inputs, which were ineffective at the low airspeed.

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General details
Date: 31 October 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Gulgong Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 11 May 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Alexander Schleicher Segelflugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: K7 
Aircraft registration: VH-UKY 
Serial number: 889 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gulgong NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Gulgong NSW
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