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The pilot was conducting a navigational exercise from Benalla to Benalla via overhead Tocumwal N.S.W. The wind conditions were northerly and gusting. The pilot realised he would be unable to effect a return and decided to outland. A paddock was chosen which appeared suitable and provided a good landing run into wind. However the paddock had been ploughed and grass had grown to 0.3 metres high. Following touchdown well into the field the combination of rough ground medium high grass and heavy braking caused the glider to ground loop breaking the rear fuselage as it did so. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 13 November 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1545  
Location:Cobram Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 06 March 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Glasflugel 
Aircraft model: 303 
Aircraft registration: VH-FQO 
Serial number: 171 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Benalla VIC
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Benalla VIC
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