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On 28 February 2012, an Airbus A340-313X aircraft, Portuguese registered CS-TQM (TQM), was operating on a chartered service from Sydney, New South Wales to Darwin Airport, Northern Territory.

On approach into Darwin, the crew noted heavy rainfall near the threshold of runway 29 and requested wind information from the Darwin tower air traffic controller. At that time, the windsock at the threshold was indicating 5 kts tailwind and the approach was continued. In the final stages of the approach, the rainfall increased significantly and the aircraft deviated below the glideslope. On touchdown, the wind suddenly increased to an 18 kt tailwind, possibly due to a microburst, and the aircraft landed heavily.

Subsequent engineering inspection revealed a crack in the No. 1 engine rear attachment bolt retainer. Components from the left and right main landing were also replaced.

As a result of the incident, the operator has

  • Introduced go-arounds from 50 ft and go-arounds from immediately after touchdown into simulator training sessions.
  • Developed an awareness program to increase the go-around mind set among flight crew, including allowing First Officers to initiate a go-around without the need for consent from the Captain.
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General details
Date: 28 February 2012 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2327 CST  
Location   (show map):Darwin Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 03 August 2012 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus Industrie 
Aircraft model: A340 
Aircraft registration: CS-TQM 
Serial number: 117 
Operator: Hi Fly 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Unknown 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Destination:Darwin. NT
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Last update 14 November 2018