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The glider was being towed by a tug aircraft for launch. During the early part of the take-off roll, the wing-man released the left wing and the wing dropped to the ground. The pilot was unable to regain the wings level attitude due to the lack of control effectiveness at low airspeed. The glider veered to the left of the flight strip as the glider pilot released the tow from the tug. The pilot could not avoid a collision with a strainer post in the boundary fence.

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General details
Date: 13 March 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1110  
Location:Boonah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 29 July 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Eiriavion Oy 
Aircraft model: PIK-20 
Aircraft registration: VH-WVA 
Serial number: 20572 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Boonah QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Boonah QLD
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