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The pilot had received winch launch training eighteen months earlier, but had not carried out any further launches until the day of the accident. His flying experience on the Libelle was restricted to two flights, some four months earlier. On the day of the accident, he underwent three winch launch check flights with a club instructor in a K7 glider, resulting in a satisfactory standard being assessed. It was reported that the pilot then prepared for a winch launch in the Libelle, which included selecting full nose down elevator trim to counter an expected nose up pitch tendency during lauch. Shortly after the glider became airborne, the nose piched up very steeply, the right wing dropped and struck the ground, resulting in the glider cartwheeling into a fence.

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General details
Date: 20 October 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1545  
Location   (show map):Woodvale Gliding Strip near Bendigo Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 23 July 1991 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Glasflugel 
Aircraft model: 201 
Aircraft registration: VH-GCS 
Serial number: 462 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Woodvale VIC
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Woodvale VIC
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