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Following a winched launch, the 67 year old pilot soared the glider for some 5 minutes. During the return to the circuit pattern, the pilot flew towards left base and was noted to be low for a normal circuit. The nose rose slowly and the aircraft was seen to slow down. The glider then appeared to stall and after about two turns of a left spin, impacted short of the threshold. No attempt at recovery from the spin was detected by witnesses.

The weather conditions were ideal for gliding operations, light winds, and 3 OKTA of fair weather cumulus above 6,000ft.

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General details
Date: 27 May 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1303 EST  
Location   (show map):15km SW Mareeba Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 19 October 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Edmund Schneider Limited 
Aircraft model: ES-57 
Aircraft registration: VH-GLQ 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Springmount Station, QLD
Departure time:1256 EST
Destination:Springmount Station, QLD
Fatal: 1001
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