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The pilot had completed the first leg of a 300 kilometre flight and was positioning the glider so that he could take a photograph of some silos. During the process the main landing gear was released. The pilot leant forward to pull on the landing gear retract column and was afflicted by a painful spasm of the stomach muscle. The pain persisted so the pilot decided to make an outlanding in a large wheat field. The pilot saw a power line near the western end of the paddock but decided to land in the paddock since it was otherwise suitable and he had sufficient height to fly over the wire. However, the glider encountered sink on final approach and collided with the wire. The wire struck the canopy of the glider and arrested its forward motion before the wire broke. The glider then fell to the ground.

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General details
Date: 10 November 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1430  
Location:40 Km SSE Loxton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 03 January 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: G102 
Aircraft registration: VH-WUN 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Waikerie SA
Departure time:1310
Destination:Waikerie SA
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