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During a winch launch the pilot noted that the glider was accelerating slowly. He considered abandoning the launch but because there was 6000 feet of runway he decided to persist until the winch driver realised that more power/speed was required. The speed slowly increased to 50 knots at which point the pilot made a gentle rotation. As soon as the glider started to rotate the speed fell off dramatically. The pilot said that he lowered the nose immediately and then saw the ground approaching at a steep angle. He managed to get the aircraft to a level attitude but was unable to prevent it touching down very heavily resulting in substantial damage.
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General details
Date: 16 October 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 15:25 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 22 November 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: ASTIR CS 77 
Aircraft registration: VH-IKE 
Sector: Other 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Corowa NSW
Destination:Corowa NSW
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