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Runway excursion involving British Aerospace AVRO 146, VH-NJW, Darlot Airport, WA, on 20 January 2017

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On 20 January 2017, a British Aerospace AVRO 146-RJ85, registered VH-NJW, conducted a charter flight from Perth to Darlot, Western Australia.

The aircraft departed from Perth Airport at about 0630 Western Standard Time, and tracked towards Darlot. On approach to Darlot Airport, the captain positioned the aircraft to join a 5 NM (9.3 km) straight-in approach to runway 14.

When the aircraft joined the final approach leg, the captain noticed dust in the vicinity of the runway. At about 2.5 NM (4.6 km) from the runway, the captain concluded that the dust was from the strong easterly wind, which was producing a line of raised dust the length of the runway strip, on the southern side of the runway.

The aircraft landed without incident. However, as the aircraft slowed to taxi speed, the captain realised they had landed the aircraft on the graded area of the runway strip, to the left of the runway. The captain noticed that the raised dust on the southern side of the runway strip covered both the runway markers and runway strip markers. The captain manoeuvred the aircraft back onto the runway, taxied to the apron and shutdown without further incident.

As a result of this incident, the operator conducted an internal review of their unsealed runway operations and submitted a discussion paper to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the standardisation of aiming point markers at airfields with unsealed runways.

Part of Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 60

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General details
Date: 20 January 2017   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 7:35 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Darlot Airport    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Runway excursion  
Release date: 24 May 2017   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer British Aerospace PLC  
Aircraft model AVRO 146-RJ85  
Aircraft registration VH-NJW  
Serial number E2329  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Perth, WA  
Destination Darlot, WA  
Last update 14 November 2018