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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Date:Thursday 21 August 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Laynhapuy Homelands Association
Registration: VH-LHA
MSN: 856
First flight: 1977-08-31 (20 years)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Gan Gan Airport, NT (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Gove-Nhulunbuy Airport, NT (GOV/YPGV), Australia
Destination airport:Gan Gan Airport, NT (YGAN), Australia
During the approach to land, just prior to crossing the runway end, the right main gear struck an earth mound. The gear leg was damaged by the impact. The mound, about three metres short of the 800 metre runway, was about 25 cm high and not easily seen from the approach path. The wind was light and there were no gusts or turbulence.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 15 days ()
Accident number: 199702820
Download report: Summary report



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Gove-Nhulunbuy Airport, NT to Gan Gan Airport, NT as the crow flies is 129 km (81 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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