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When the aircraft had reached a height of about 300 feet agl the winch motor lost power. The pilot released the launch cable and attempted to land straight ahead but the aircraft overshot the end of the landing area and collided with trees. It was considered that at the time of the winch failure, sufficient strip length remained to permit the aircraft to land safely. However, the pilot had not deployed the dive brakes early enough to prevent the overshoot. The reason for the loss of power from the winch motor was not established, and subsequent operations were reported to be normal. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 10 February 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1415  
Location:Lightning Ridge Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 15 April 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: ICA Brasov (Intreprinderea De Constructii Aeronautice) 
Aircraft model: IS-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-CQF 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lightning Ridge NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Lightning Ridge NSW
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