Aviation safety investigations & reports

Runway undershoot involving Beechcraft B200, VH-FDO, at Cairns Airport, Queensland, on 9 July 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


The ATSB is investigating a runway undershoot involving a Beechcraft B200, registered VH-FDO, at Cairns Airport, Queensland, on 9 July 2020.

Due to runway works at Cairns Airport, the runway end and threshold positions were displaced. During landing, the aircraft touched down before the displaced runway end and one of the aircraft’s wheels struck a portable runway end marker light. There were no injuries to the two flight crewmembers and no reported damage to the aircraft.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing flight crew and reviewing operational information, including aerodrome provisions during runway works in progress.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 09 July 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0:15 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Cairns Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Runway - Other  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2021    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model B200  
Aircraft registration VH-FDO  
Serial number BB-2020  
Operator Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section)  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Destination Cairns, Queensland  
Last update 07 December 2020