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During a winch launch to the west, the winch cable broke at the winch when the glider was at about 300 feet AGL. The pilot turned left probably to perform a close left circuit for a landing to the west back on the strip. On the base turn the glider entered a spin to the left from about 200 feet AGL. It impacted the ground in a near vertical nose down attitude.

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General details
Date: 25 March 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1614 EST  
Location   (show map):Lockhart Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 12 June 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: ICA Brasov (Intreprinderea De Constructii Aeronautice) 
Aircraft model: IS-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-GAJ 
Serial number: IS-28B2, 04/1975 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Lockhart, NSW
Departure time:1613 EST
Destination:Lockhart, NSW
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
Serious: 0101
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Last update 13 May 2014