Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fatal training accident fot Australia's Airnorth

by B. N. Sullivan

Airnorth E120An Embraer 120 Brasilia aircraft (registration VH-ANB) operated by Australian regional carrier Airnorth has crashed at Darwin. According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the accident occurred at Darwin Airport, Northern Territory, at 10:10 CST on March 22, 2010. There were no passengers on board the aircraft, but both pilots perished in the accident.

According to an article about the accident published on the Web site of the Northern Territory News:
Police assistant commissioner Mark Payne said the pilots were on a training flight and crashed shortly after take off from the main runway at Darwin airport, which is used by domestic and international flights.

Mr Payne said the two people killed were believed to be experienced pilots who were undergoing routine ongoing training at the time of the crash.
Airnorth operates both scheduled and charter services, and is based in Darwin.

The ATSB is investigating the crash, and will conduct a briefing on known factual aspects of the accident on Mar. 23, 2010.

Condolences to the families and friends of the two crew members who lost their lives in this accident.

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RELATED: Update on the Airnorth crash at Darwin - Mar. 23, 2010