Network Aviation's Fokker 100 damaged after hard landing

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A Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Australia's Network Aviation has been damaged after it made a hard landing in the state of western Australia.

The incident happened on 19 October at 15:30 local time and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has classified the damage as "serious". The airline declined to comment on the incident.

The aircraft, with registration VH-NQE, was on a charter operation from Perth to Nifty when it encountered windshear on final approach, says the ATSB.

It subsequently made the hard landing at Nifty. Injuries were not reported and the ATSB did not say if there were any passengers on board when the incident happened.

The aircraft was delivered in May 1993 before it was purchased by Qantas Airways in March. It entered service with Network Aviation on 11 September, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

Network Aviation is a subsidiary of Qantas that operates corporate and passenger charters throughout Australia. It operates a fleet of seven Embraer EMB-120 turboprop aircraft and eight Fokker 100s.