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The pilot had not flown for about three weeks and was conducting his first Hang gliding flight from the site. The site was advanced rated and the wind conditions were light and variable with occasional thermal gusts. The pilot was assisted in setting up the glider but declined launch assistance. He appeared anxious to begin the flight and was not seen to perform the mandatory hang check to confirm his attachment to the glider. Following a good launch the glider was observed to sink rapidly and fly in a straight path towards a large tree some 30 metres in front of the launch site. The glider struck the tree trunk and the pilot was thrown clear. Examination of the equipment revealed no damage to the harness support system and no other pre-existing fault or damage. The flight path observed was typical of what would be expected if the pilot had failed to connect his harness to the glider.

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General details
Date: 27 October 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1515  
Location:O'Reilly's Mountain (35 km W Brisbane) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 26 February 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Moyes Delta Gliders Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: Moyes GTR 162 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:O'Reilly's Mountain
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Samford Valley QLD
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