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    Qantas Boeing 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

    Qantas is in damage control this morning trying to hide a Qantaslink Boeing 717 that was so severely damaged in a hard landing at Darwin last Thursday that it may be a write-off, writes Ben Sandilands.

    No reports, no photos, no survivor interviews, indeed no recognition of any sort has appeared in the media for almost four days. No-one was injured in the "incident" that dared not show its face until an inquiry into it was officially listed on the air safety data base today.
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    The air safety investigator says on its website that "On final approach the aircraft entered an area of high sink and made a heavy landing. Wrinkling was later found in the aft fuselage. Damage: Substantial".

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    If the damage leads to a write-off it will be the first time this has happened to any passenger jet of size in Australia.
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    Re: Qantas Boeing [717] 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

    Any indication of which aircraft it was?

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    By the science of omission; it seems that VH-NXE's most recent op was QF1944 GOV-DRW on Thursday. Nothing since.

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    Re: Qantas Boeing [717] 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

    The media seem mysteriously quiet if this event occured. Given they normally get in a lather over anything remotely safety related with regards to QF. While NJS are the operator, you'd think that the fact that a red tail with kangaroo on it got bent would have them foaming at the mouth.

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    Re: Qantas Boeing [717] 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

    No passengers in fear for their lives.... not good tv...

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    Re: Qantas Boeing [717] 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

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    No passengers in fear for their lives.... not good tv...
    I'm surprised that the NT News couldn't whip it into some sort of narrowly-avoided major calamity.

    They need to send their Editor and a few journos to do some work experience at the Daily Telegraph, so that they can learn to correctly sensationalize a story.
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    Re: Qantas Boeing [717] 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

    From the ATSB Web site.

    Aviation Safety Investigation Report - Active


    AO-2008-007: Aircraft Control; Darwin, NT; 7 February 2008; The Boeing Company, 717-200, VH-NXE

    Occurrence Details
    Occurrence Number: 200800641
    Location: Darwin
    Occurrence Date: 07 February 2008
    State: NT
    Occurrence Time: 2115 CST
    Highest Injury Level: None
    Occurrence Category: Accident Investigation
    Type: Occurrence Investigation
    Occurrence Class: Operational
    Investigation Status: Active
    Occurrence Type: Aircraft Control Release Date:

    Aircraft Details

    Aircraft Manufacturer:Boeing CoAircraft Model:717-200
    Aircraft Registration:VH-NXE
    Serial Number:55063
    Type of Operation:High Capacity Air Transport
    Damage to Aircraft:Substantial
    Departure Point:Gove NT
    Departure Time:unknown
    Destination: Darwin NT

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    On final approach the aircraft entered an area of high sink and made a heavy landing. Wrinkling was later found in the aft fuselage. The investigation is continuing.
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    Re: Qantas Boeing [717] 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

    Wow, even a "heavy" landing would not have created such damage i would have thought unless there was maybe some other issue with the airframe first ? Either that or heavy landing was a massive understatement, but if it had really been that amazingly hard you would think people would have been injured or there would have been people complaining to the news etc.

    I guess the investigation may throw up some interesting info about how MD95's/B717's are constructed.

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    Re: Qantas Boeing [717] 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

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    I guess the investigation may throw up some interesting info about how MD95's/B717's are constructed.

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    Shouldn't be too many surprises there.

    There's still a lot of DC9's around.

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