Windjet Antenna strike; Collapses on Palermo Runway

Sunday, September 26, 2010
By George Hatcher

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Contact photographer Mario Serrano

What: Windjet Airbus A319-100 en route from Rome to Palermo
Where: Palermo Sicily
When: Sep 24 2010 8:00 pm
Who: 123 passengers, 6 crew
Why: Landing in Palermo in thunderstorms and windshear, the plane landed shy of the runway and struck an antenna. The plane’s two main gear struts collapsed.

3 of the passengers evacuated via emergency chutes were injured. The ANSV has commenced the investigation. The jet is owned by a US based aircraft leasing company with offices in Dublin, one of four aircraft leased to Windjet by International Lease Finance Corporation who has offices in Dublin’s North Wall Quay.

The Palermo airport will be closed until the jet is removed from the runway. The Palermo airport is renowned for mechanical turbulence.

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