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The pilot had not flown the aircraft type (a single seat machine) previously and was checked by the owner prior to commencing the flight. The glider was to be launched by being towed behind a powered aircraft. The pilot reported that the ground run was normal but after the glider became airborne it immediately climbed above the slipstream of the tug aircraft. The glider then descended below the slipstream and the pilot applied back stick to climb but the tail struck the ground. The tail section broke off and the glider climbed before nosing down and impacting the ground. It rolled over after impact and the pilot sustained serious back injuries. The glider was a relatively high performance type and is reported to be suspectible to pilot induced oscillations, particularly after takeoff. The pilot had begun flying again in 1993 after a 10 year break. Since recommencing flying she had accumulated some 30 hours, of which only 2.5 were on single seat fibreglass types. The gliding club chief flying instructor was of the opinion that the pilot should have spent more time in other single seat gliders before attempting to fly this particular type.
General details
Date: 30 December 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:00 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Ground strike 
Release date: 05 September 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Aircraft model: NIMBUS 2 
Aircraft registration: VH-GOG 
Sector: Other 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Massie Field, Warwick Qld
Destination:Massie Field, Warwick Qld
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