The Virgin Australia plane encountered windshear and hit the runaway at Canberra as it was flying in from Sydney, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The aircraft landed hard, and the tail skid and underside of the rear fuselage contacted the runway. The plane sustained substantial damage as a result but no injuries were reported.
It is the first time in at least a decade that the watchdog has investigated an incident involving windshear at Canberra Airport. A Virgin Australia spokeswoman said the airline was working with the safety bureau on its investigation.
Last year, there were more than 17,000 transport incidents across Australia reported to the bureau – about 46 a day on average. More than 5000 of those were aviation-related and the bureau completed 39 investigations into air transport as a result. The investigation into Sunday’s incident is expected to be completed by March.