Aviation safety investigations & reports

Hard landing - Darwin Airport, Northern Territory, 7 February 2008, VH-NXE, Boeing Company 717–200

Investigation number:
AO-2008-007
Status: Completed
Investigation completed

Summary

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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.

 

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Interim Factual

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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.

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Preliminary

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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.

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General details
Date: 07 February 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2115 CST   Investigation level: Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Darwin Airport    
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 14 May 2010   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 14 November 2018