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The pilot was undertaking a 300 kilometre triangle cross-country task. A witness reported seeing the aircraft circling at about 400 feet above ground level (agl) before starting to fly a straight path. The aircraft was then seen to begin circling again at a much lower altitude after which it straightened up and flew in the direction of the home airfield. The glider was then observed to nose over and strike the ground without any apparent attempt at recovery. An inspection of the aircraft on site by a club official showed that the airbrakes were fully extended and the flaps were at plus ten degress when the aircraft impacted. The pilot reportedly could not recall circling at a low altitude but he believes that he was attempting to land prior to the accident. A probable explanation of the accident is that the pilot allowed the aircraft to stall at a height insufficient for recovery.

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General details
Date: 22 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1245  
Location   (show map):20 km east of Waikerie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 10 April 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rolladen-Schneider Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: LS3 
Aircraft registration: VH-GQI 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Waikerie SA
Departure time:1214
Destination:Waikerie SA
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