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The pilot was returning to land after a period of thermalling flight, when severe turbulence was encountered. The pilot's head hit and broke the canopy, and he then had problems with his vision. Heavy sink was also experienced. The pilot stated his last recollection of events was making a left turn towards the airfield at about 150 feet above the ground, and then regaining consciousness in the wreckage. Investigation revealed that the glider had touched down on a 5 metre wide strip between areas of cane growing to about 1.7 metres in height. The left wing caught in the cane and the aircraft slewed violently before coming to rest with the wing completely torn out of the fuselage.

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General details
Date: 14 January 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1112  
Location:13 km SSW Maryborough Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 23 December 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bolkow-Apparaterbao GmbH 
Aircraft model: Phoebus 
Aircraft registration: VH-GYC 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Glenorchy QLD
Departure time:1112
Destination:Glenorchy (15 km SSW Maryborough) QLD
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