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The hang glider pilot was soaring off the cliffs east of the Cape Byron lighthouse where the nearest area suitable for a landing is Tallows Beach, several hundred metres to the south. The wind had been ESE at about 15 knots prior to a sudden arrival of a front passing through which changed the wind to a 20 to 25 knot southerly. Other hang glider pilots had landed prior to the arrival of the front which was not accompanied by any tell tale cloud change. The hang glider pilot was soaring at about 500ft when the change came through and was unable to glide into wind to a beach landing.

He landed in the surf and was apparently unable to extricate himself from his harness and drowned. His body was recovered in his harness, still attached to the glider.

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General details
Date: 25 March 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1400 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Cape Byron Occurrence type:Ditching 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 11 September 1994 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
 
Injuries
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Fatal: 1001
Total:1001
 
 
 
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