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It was reported that shortly after the takeoff roll had been commenced the left wing contacted the ground. The glider groundlooped and skidded off the runway. Visibility had been reduced at the time of the accident by dust generated by the tug aircraft.

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General details
Date: 02 January 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1410  
Location:Forbes Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Ground strike 
Release date: 12 January 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: Nimbus 
Aircraft registration: VH-GAW 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Forbes NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Forbes NSW
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