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Date:Tuesday 20 August 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic LJ35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Learjet 35
Operator:Wards Express
Registration: VH-WFE
MSN: 35-221
First flight: 1979
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Katherine-Tindal Airport, NT (KTR) (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Alice Springs Airport, NT (ASP/YBAS), Australia
Destination airport:Katherine-Tindal Airport, NT (KTR/YPTN), Australia
The aircraft was making a landing 45 minutes before first light. During the landing roll a wallaby was seen bounding towards the aircraft. The animal was struck by the left maingear leg and the force of this collision resulted in portion of the wallaby being flung into the left flap. The aerodrome boundary fence is of the standard post and wire construction, which is relatively easy for wildlife to negotiate. Discussions with local residents indicate that wildlife numbers are greater in this area than they have been for some years.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 62 days (2 months)
Accident number: 198500664
Download report: Final report
Language: English

Collision with person or animal on the ground
Runway mishap


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Distance from Alice Springs Airport, NT to Katherine-Tindal Airport, NT as the crow flies is 1041 km (651 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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