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While the aircraft was on base leg the pilot saw a powered aircraft which had been conducting circuits throughout the day on final approach. He considered that he would land too close behind the other aircraft so elected to land on the grass strip beside the runway. During the landing the long grass impeded the left wing slightly. The pilot corrected but the right wing struck the ground and a ground loop ensued. Examination of the tyre marks indicated that the pilot had actually landed outside the strip markers in an area of long grass and rough ground. Witnesses observed that the powered aircraft had conducted a touch and go landing and was airborne again before the glider crossed the threshold boundary fence.

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General details
Date: 25 June 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1530  
Location:Massie Aerodrome Warwick Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Depart/app/land wrong runway 
Release date: 11 September 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Glasflugel 
Aircraft model: 201 
Aircraft registration: VH-GCS 
Serial number: Unknown 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Destination:Massie Aerodrome QLD
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