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During the final approach the aircraft became low and the right wing struck a tree. The aircraft turned sharply to the right and skidded sideways for 43 metres before coming to rest in the undershoot area. After completing the left base turn, the pilot thought that he was too high on the approach. He elected not to use flap or airbrake but turned the glider to the right, away from the strip. When he again turned left to assume a new base leg he realised that he had descended further than expected and immediately turned onto an oblique final. On final it was realised that a strong headwind was present which reduced the achievable gliding distance and resulted in the aircraft undershooting the strip.

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General details
Date: 28 May 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1410  
Location:Bond Springs, 22km North of Alice Springs Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 12 May 1987 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-CQC 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bond Springs NT
Departure time:1410
Destination:Bond Springs NT
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