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Collision with runway lighting involving Embraer ERJ-135, VH-JGB, Middlemount Airport, Queensland, on 8 August 2017

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Status: Completed
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On 8 August 2017, an Embraer EMB-135LR, registered VH-JGB and operated by JetGo Australia as a charter flight from Brisbane to Middlemount Airport, Queensland. On board the aircraft was a training captain, a captain under line training, a cabin crewmember and 23 passengers.

At 1647 Eastern Standard Time, the aircraft landed on runway 11 at Middlemount. The flight crew did not detect anything abnormal during the landing. The Aerodrome Reporting Officer (ARO) observed the landing, and noted that the aircraft appeared to touchdown early.

At about 1840, the ARO conducted an inspection of the runway and identified two damaged runway threshold lights and fresh tyre marks about four meters further along the runway from the damaged lights. The ARO immediately proceeded to VH-JGB, and advised the flight crew that he believed they had damaged the runway threshold lights during their landing. The training captain inspected the aircraft tyres and landing gear, and determined that the aircraft had not sustained any damage.

The recorded touchdown point from the flight data recorder was consistent with the fresh tyre marks observed by the ARO.

No persons were injured and the aircraft was not damaged in the incident.

The ATSB SafetyWatch highlights the broad safety concerns that come out of our investigation findings and from the occurrence data reported to us by industry.

SafetyWatchThe ATSB has identified descending too low on approach as a risk area requiring heightened attention. When compared to other phases of flight, the approach and landing has a substantially increased workload and is traditionally the phase of flight associated with the highest accident rate. Flight crews must continuously monitor aircraft and approach parameters, and the external environment to ensure they maintain a stable approach profile and make appropriate decisions for a safe landing.

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General details
Date: 08 August 2017   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 16:47 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Middlemount Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 05 December 2017   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Embraer-Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica  
Aircraft model EMB-135LR  
Aircraft registration VH-JGB  
Serial number 145728  
Operator JetGo Australia  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Middlemount, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018