Norwegian investigators are probing an accident at Bodo Airport in which a Dornier 228-200 turboprop operated by regional carrier Kato Air was badly damaged during a hard landing on Thursday.

The aircraft, a 16-year-old example registered LN-HTA, hit the runway hard after reportedly making a second attempt to land following a scheduled flight from Rost.

Images from the scene show that the aircraft has suffered severe structural damage to its undercarriage, propellers and forward fuselage, the underside of which was crushed in the impact.

Four people – two crew and two passengers – are reported to have been on board the aircraft, and suffered injuries in the accident.

The circumstances of the accident are unclear but Norwegian reports indicate that poor weather in the area, and a possible lightning strike, might have contributed to the crash.

Kato Air, based at Harstad/Narvik Airport, operates regional scheduled routes in northern Norway as well as charter services.

Source: Flight Daily News