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The pilot had been flight checked for solo flying in the morning prior to the accident. On the first solo circuit when on approach to land the pilot realised the glider was lined up too close to several gliders parked in line ahead on the airfield. The approach was made in a light cross wind from the left. The pilot corrected in the wrong direction for the misalignment, compounding the problem. As the airbrakes had not been deployed the glider was unable to be landed beyond the parked gliders. After touchdown, despite an attempt to avoid the raised right wing of the closest glider,the left wing of the landing glider struck the right wing tip of the parked glider, swinging the landing glider toward the next aircraft in line. The left wing of the landing glider struck the right wing of this second glider, resulting in substantial damage to both aircraft. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 03 December 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1143  
Location:Benalla 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: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: ICA Brasov (Intreprinderea De Constructii Aeronautice) 
Aircraft model: IS-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-GII 
Serial number: 202 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Benalla VIC
Departure time:1139
Destination:Benalla VIC
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