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The instructor stated that the pilot had flared normally, and during the hold off was flying parallel to the ground. Without warning, the aircraft suddenly descended and struck the ground heavily, causing buckling and compression of fuselage structure. The wind speed was approximately 20 knots with strong gusts, and flying was subsequently stoppped due to the unsuitable conditions.

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General details
Date: 17 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1300  
Location:Warwick Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 27 December 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Let National Corporation 
Aircraft model: Blanik 
Aircraft registration: VH-WVP 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Warwick QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Warwick QLD
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