A Network Aviation Fokker 100 suffered a hard landing at Nifty Aerodrome in the East Pilbara region on October 19.
According to the ATSB, the aircraft – VH-NQE – experienced windshear as it approached the airfield during a fly-in/fly-out charter flight from Perth. The Qantas-owned subsidiary has grounded the aircraft pending further investigation by the airline and the ATSB.
No injuries were reported, but the ATSB categorises damage to the aircraft as “serious”.
VH-NQE is a new addition to the Network fleet, having been delivered to Perth in mid September.