Crashed Wind Jet A319 landed hard before runway threshold

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Italian investigators have confirmed that the Wind Jet Airbus A319 damaged in a landing accident at Palermo had touched down hard before the runway threshold.

The aircraft had been arriving at the Sicilian city after a flight from Rome on 24 September.

Italian accident inquiry agency ANSV states that the cause of the accident has yet to be determined but says that the aircraft "impacted violently before the threshold" of runway 07.

It came to rest with its main landing-gear collapsed and damage to other parts of the airframe.

Both flight recorders have been retrieved from the twin-jet, says ANSV.