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Date:Friday 19 October 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic F100 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker 100
Operator:Network Aviation Australia
Registration: VH-NQE
MSN: 11457
First flight: 1993-05-17 (19 years 5 months)
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Tay 650-15
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Nifty Airport, WA (NIF) (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Perth Airport, WA (PER/YPPH), Australia
Destination airport:Nifty Airport, WA (NIF/YCNF), Australia
A Fokker 100 passenger jet, VH-NQE, suffered substantial damage in a landing accident at Nifty Airport, WA (NIF), Australia.
During the final approach, the aircraft encountered windshear and subsequently made a hard landing.

Probable Cause:

The ATSB found that when the aircraft was on approach to land at about 80 ft above ground level, the flight path almost certainly coincided with the strong outflow of a dry microburst, resulting in a performance-decreasing windshear that led to the rapid drop in airspeed, high sink rate, undershoot and a hard landing. Also, the aircraft was not fully configured for an approach in known or suspected windshear conditions, reducing the capability of the aircraft to recover from the high sink rate associated with a microburst event.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: AO-2012-137
Download report: Final report
Language: English

Heavy landing
Runway mishap



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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 Perth Airport, WA to Nifty Airport, WA as the crow flies is 1266 km (791 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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