Jump to Content
Download Final investigation report
[ Download PDF: 2.72MB]
 
 
 

On 7 February 2008, a Boeing Company 717-200 aircraft, registered VH-NXE, was being operated on a scheduled passenger service from Cairns, Queensland via Nhulunbuy (Gove) to Darwin, Northern Territory with six crew and 88 passengers.

The flight crew were cleared by air traffic control to fly a visual approach to runway 29 at Darwin Airport and elected to follow the instrument landing system to the runway. The aircraft was above the glideslope for the majority of its approach and temporarily exceeded the operator's stabilised approach criteria shortly before landing. The aircraft sustained a hard landing resulting in structural damage. The flight crew completed the landing roll and taxied the aircraft to the terminal without further incident. There were no reported injuries; however, the extent of the damage to the aircraft led the ATSB to classify the occurrence as an accident. The investigation identified a number of relevant safety factors, including the flight crew's actions and control inputs, the aircraft operator's stabilised approach criteria and operational documentation, and the visual cues associated with runway 11/29 at Darwin Airport.

As a result of this occurrence, the aircraft operator implemented a number of safety actions in relation to enhancing their stabilised approach criteria and pilot training, the monitoring of third party training providers, and the amendment of relevant operational documentation. In addition, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) undertook to prioritise the completion of proposed legislation in relation to third party training providers. In June 2013, CASA advised the ATSB that CASR Part 141 and 142 have now been made and compliance with these regulations will address the safety issue.

 

Download Final investigation report
[ Download PDF: 2.72MB]
 
 
 
 
Download Interim Factual Report
[ Download PDF: 5.84MB]
 
 
 

Interim factual report released 11 July 2008

On 7 February 2008, a Boeing Company 717-200 aircraft, registered VH-NXE, was being operated on a scheduled passenger service from Cairns, Qld, via Nhulunbuy (Gove) to Darwin, NT, with six crew and 88 passengers. During an ILS approach to runway 29 at Darwin Airport, the aircraft touched down on the runway at a high rate of descent which resulted in a hard landing. The crew completed the landing rollout and taxied the aircraft to the terminal without further incident. The extent of aircraft damage constituted an accident.

Download Interim Factual Report
[ Download PDF: 5.84MB]
 
 
 
 
Download Preliminary Report
[ Download PDF: 554KB]
 
 
 

Preliminary report released 27 March 2008

On 7 February 2008, a Boeing Company 717200 aircraft, registered VH-NXE, was being operated on a scheduled passenger service from Cairns, Qld, via Nhulunbuy (Gove) to Darwin, NT, with six crew and 88 passengers. During an ILS approach to runway 29 at Darwin Airport, the aircraft touched down on the runway at a high rate of descent which resulted in a hard landing. The aircraft then bounced before settling onto the runway. The crew completed the landing rollout and taxied the aircraft to the terminal without further incident.

Download Preliminary Report
[ Download PDF: 554KB]
 
 
 
 
General details
Date: 07 Feb 2008 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2115 CST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Darwin Airport Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 14 May 2010 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 717 
Aircraft registration: VH-NXE 
Serial number: 55063 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gove, NT
Departure time:2015 CST
Destination:Darwin, NT

Related links

 
 
 
Share this page Provide feedback on this investigation
Last update 02 March 2016