On December 14, a twin-engine turboprop jet made an emergency landing on its belly at Perth Airport.
At 10:40 a.m. local time, a plane carrying fly-in-fly-out workers from the Rothsay gold mine near Perth, Western Australia, crashed. There were a total of 11 persons on board. There were no injuries.
“It’s understood the landing gear collapsed,” Perth Airport tweeted, “but a safe landing was completed.”
At 1040 a twin turbo prop made an emergency landing at Perth Airport. It's understood the landing gear collapsed but a safe landing was completed. 11 people on board with no reported injuries. Passengers' health and care is our top priority. Main runway operations not affected.
— Perth Airport (@PerthAirport) December 14, 2021
The plane, a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 with the registration VH-LKF, circled before landing on the airport’s cross runway, according to FlightAware data.
The cross runway was reopened on December 14, 2021, after a safety study, according to Perth Airport. The main runway at the airport remained operational.
“It was a textbook crash”, one of the passengers told Nine News Perth, while another described the pilot as a “bloody champion, legend”.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified of the event.