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The ATSB is investigating a hard landing involving a GIE Avions de Transport Regional ATR72, VH-FVZ, at Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 19 November 2017.

During approach to runway 35, the aircraft encountered windshear. The aircraft landed hard, and the tail skid and underside of the rear fuselage contacted the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. There were no reported injuries.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB has inspected the aircraft and obtained the flight data recorders, will interview the flight crew and gather additional information.

A final investigation report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation.

General details
Date: 19 November 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 13:26 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Canberra Airport Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: Australian Capital Territory Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: August 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: ATR-Gie Avions de Transport Régional 
Aircraft model: ATR72-212A 
Aircraft registration: VH-FVZ 
Serial number: 1087 
Operator: Virgin Australia Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Destination:Canberra, ACT
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Last update 17 January 2018