Merpati MA60 suffers severe damage after hard landing

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A Merpati Nusantara Airlines Xian MA60 suffered damage after it experienced a hard landing at Kupang's El Tari airport on the morning of 10 June.

The aircraft was operating as MZ6517 on the Bajawa-Kupang route, carrying 46 passengers and four crew members, when the accident happened at 09:40 local time, says the carrier. None of the aircraft's occupants were injured.

Kupang is located on the island of Timor.

Images found on Twitter show that the turboprop suffered severe damage, with the wing box partially detached from the fuselage, and the fuselage itself torn in the half forward of the wings. The wings were angled sharply forward, with the aircraft's left propeller hub resting on the runway. The left side engine has lost all four propeller blades.

The forward part of the aircraft's right engine was not visible in the photos, but its attitude suggested that its propeller hub is also resting on the runway.

The aircraft bears registration PK-MZO. Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that the aircraft was built in 2008, and delivered in December 2010. It bears the serial number MSN 0608.