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Old 11th Feb 2008, 08:36
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Qantas Link 717 hard landing Darwin

Heard thru the grapevine a Qantas Link 717 had a hard landing in Darwin last night.

So hard it may be a rightoff!! maybe bent mainspar and engine mounts damaged, u/c mounts damaged.

The landing pilot had a history of hard landings , this time she may have totaled the A/C!!!
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 09:02
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Please excuse these colonials: they can't even spell. It's "writeoff", Bloggs!
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Must a lie perpetrated by third world pilots. Qantas pilots, true blue fair dinkums totalling tin...what sacrilege!!! Wash your mouth and cleanse your sick mind pronto!
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 09:07
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Well, right off it may be a writeoff.
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 09:52
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Hope it gets posted on You Tube!
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 11:38
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Yes it happened.

Here is the story so far.

No one was injured in the crash, but there was substantial damage to the Boeing 717.
The ATSB's safety investigation report says the passenger jet hit an area of high sink just before landing causing it to drop quickly.
It hit the runway so hard that the aircraft's fuselage wrinkled.
The Boeing 717 had flown from Nhulunbuy and was carrying 84 passengers
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 11:40
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jeeez guys - we're all slipping. Almost 24 hours later and not a single pix or video grab!
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 11:50
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what about the bits that were leftoff?
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 12:34
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jeeez guys - we're all slipping. Almost 24 hours later and not a single pix or video grab!
Sorry, bin mucking around. Finally got this from one of me mates who took it from under a tree while he was having a Fosters waiting for the next wingeing cricket outfit to come downunder...

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/mc...ing/3243417730

(actually footage of a Maddog test flight. I think the test pilot forgot that he was in an MD-80, not his F-4! Same company, wrong jet...)

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Old 11th Feb 2008, 13:01
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Sorry - don't know the url - I just get daily emails from a news service that sometimes includes aviation-related articles:

Qantas Boeing 'wrinkled' in hard landing in Darwin

Ben Sandilands writes:

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. 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.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says it is investigating the incident which happened in a jet configured with 115 seats and flown by National Jet under contract to Qantas.
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".

There were 11 Boeing 717s in the Qantaslink fleet.
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 13:16
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Now that was NOT a soft landing, methinks!
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 14:12
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That clip is at least two years old.
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 14:39
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Me thinks it is from the original certification of the MD-80 or even older the DC-9. I've seen this before, maybe from my first DC-9 training in the mid 80's.
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 15:40
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As it says in the caption this video is from 1983 and its at Edwards AFB
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 16:56
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http://www.jacdec.de/news/news.htm

Knackered by all accounts
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 18:29
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There are a huge number of landing-related accidents in that report.

Looks like QFs first write-off has finally occured!
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 20:47
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Looks like QFs first write-off has finally occured!
there might be a common misunderstanding about QFs "legendary" safety record...Qantas is not free of write-off accidents, even decades ago, but it happened.

a little reminder (the 744 @ BKK did in fact fly again):
http://aviation-safety.net/database/...e.php?var=4842

and thats by far not all. QF lost lots of flying boats in the 40s, some of them including fatalities. maybe someone is coming up with more detailed facts..
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 21:07
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Yes it may have the rat on the tail...but its actually QANTAS LINK, operated by NATIONAL JET. So not a QANTAS write off, rather a National Jet write off, much to the disappointment of some here so it appears.

Not quite sure any of you seem so happy at the prospect of any airline writing a plane off, but such is life, there are always bottom feeders.
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 21:15
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Just wondering: since QF 707s entered service in 1959, have there been ANY write-offs of Australian commercial jet aircraft? I know TAA lost a Viscount and Ansett lost one or two aircraft, but not jets; if this aircraft is confirmed as a write-off, would this be the first - of any Australian airline.
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 21:47
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Qantas fatalities

Qantas had several fatal crashes during WWII. Out of their control of course, at least two Qantas flying boats were shot down by Japanese fighters during the fall of Singapore, with multiple casualties, and at least one dissapeared without trace.

http://www.qantas.com.au/info/about/history/details10
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