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Following a local flight the pilot positioned the glider to join the circuit for a landing on the grass strip 24. The wind velocity was reported as 240 to 280 degrees at 10-15 knots with occasional gusts to 18 knots. After lining up on final approach, the pilot inadvertently raised the landing gear instead of extending the air brakes. As the approach continued it became apparent the glider would overshoot the runway. The glider was banked to the right to remain within the confines of the aerodrome. The right wing tip struck the ground and the glider ground looped.

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General details
Date: 16 September 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1205  
Location:Camden Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 03 October 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd 
Aircraft model: PC-11 
Aircraft registration: VH-WQN 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Camden NSW
Departure time:1125
Destination:Camden NSW
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