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The pilot was conducting his first solo circuit and landing. Following the initial touchdown the aircraft ballooned twice, and the pilot was unable to maintain directional control after the final touchdown. The aircraft collided with another glider which was being prepared for launching. Immediately prior to this particular flight, the pilot had successfully completed a check flight with an instructor. It was considered likely that the aircraft had been affected by a crosswind component during the latter stages of the landing, and the pilot had been unable to react in sufficient time to avoid a collision with the parked glider.

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General details
Date: 20 February 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1848  
Location:Gawler Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 19 April 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: G103 
Aircraft registration: VH-FQI 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gawler SA
Departure time:1838
Destination:Gawler SA
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