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The pilot was conducting a short cross country flight. As he approached the end of the final leg he realised that there was insufficient height available for the aircraft to make a safe landing at the destination aerodrome. A decision was made to attempt an out-landing as the aircraft passed through 1200 feet on the descent. At that height the choice of fields was restricted and the one that was chosen for the landing was unsuitable. The landing area was covered with long grass and sloped downwards and from right to left. A shallow gully also crossed the area. During the final stages of the approach the right wing touched the ground and long grass causing the aircraft to yaw violently and enter a ground loop. The aircraft finally touched down whilst it was travelling sideways and it came to rest after travelling backwards along the paddock. The pilot was not authorised to conduct cross country flights in the particular aircraft type as he had not completed the required number of flight hours and landings. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 23 October 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1432  
Location:Narrogin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 02 May 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: Cirrus 
Aircraft registration: VH-GZU 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Narrogin WA
Departure time:1344
Destination:Narrogin WA
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