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The pilot, who was relatively inexperienced, had a series of dual check flights prior to going solo. On his second solo flight he allowed the glider to drift too far downwind and on returning was committed to landing short of the airfield. During the landing the glider was substantially damaged when it ran through a drainage ditch.

Significant Factors

The following factors were considered relevant to the development of the accident:

1. The pilot had limited flying experience.

2. The pilot misjudged his distance from the runway while on downwind.

3. Landing on unsuitable terrain.

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General details
Date: 01 March 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 16:30 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 22 July 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Let National Corporation 
Aircraft model: Blanik L13 
Aircraft registration: VH-GVS 
Sector: Other 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tocumwal NSW
Destination:Tocumwal NSW
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Last update 23 July 2015