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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 19 November 2017
Time:13:26
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 72-600 (72-212A)
Operator:Virgin Australia Airlines
Registration: VH-FVZ
C/n / msn: 1087
First flight: 2013-04-25 (4 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Canberra Airport, ACT (CBR) (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australia
Destination airport:Canberra Airport, ACT (CBR/YSCB), Australia
Flightnumber:VA646
Narrative:
During approach to runway 35, the aircraft encountered windshear. The aircraft landed hard, and the tail skid and underside of the rear fuselage contacted the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. There were no reported injuries.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: AO-2017-111

Classification:
Windshear/downdraft
Tailstrike

Sources:
» ATSB

METAR Weather report:
02:00 UTC / 13:00 local time:
YSCB 190200Z 10013KT 9999 SCT050 SCT240 21/08 Q1024 NOSIG

03:00 UTC / 14:00 local time:
YSCB 190300Z 06010KT 040V110 9999 SCT052 SCT250 22/09 Q1023 NOSIG


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Distance from Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW to Canberra Airport, ACT as the crow flies is 236 km (147 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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