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During landing on runway 29, the aircraft encountered gusty wind conditions and veered off the runway, resulting in minor damage.

The ATSB has sent two investigators from the Brisbane office to Darwin, arriving the afternoon of 7 December 2016. They are from engineering and air traffic control disciplines and will conduct examination of the runway, surrounding area and aircraft as necessary. It is anticipated they will return to Brisbane on Friday 9 December. Further investigation work will centre around gathering operationally relevant information, including weather, landing data, air traffic control data and aircraft information.

The investigation is continuing.

 
General details
Date: 06 December 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 23:03 CDT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Darwin Airport Occurrence type:Runway excursion 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: December 2017  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-8FE 
Aircraft registration: VH-VUI 
Serial number: 34441 
Operator: Virgin Australia Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic.
Destination:Darwin, NT
 
 
 
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Last update 18 April 2017