Fighter Jet Skidded off Runway During Takeoff at Bankstown Airport

An Aero L-39 Albatros ex-fighter jet skidded off the runway during takeoff today at Bankstown Airport, near Sydney. The aircraft is owned by a fighter jet flight experience company which operates out of Bankstown Airport. The gear collapsed during takeoff, and the aircraft skidded off the runway, across a taxiway onto a grass area. A passenger and an ex-military pilot were evacuated from the aircraft due to leaking fuel, luckily without injury. Fire crews used foam to stop the fuel spreading further. The aircraft is still mainly intact. CASA has stated there was a nose gear problem, and the incident is now under investigation to find the cause of the gear failure.

Topic will be updated as more information is released.


Man Ausie has gone thru a lot of plane incidents as of late.

Yeah, it’s quite unfortunate. Luckily no one was injured in this incident 😓


Is there a better link? That one takes you to a ‘sign up’ page for a subscription to ‘The Australian’ if you’re not a member…


Link updated. Also found out the gear was not extended during touchdown.


Pilot or mechanical error? Or has it not been ruled out?

It is under investigation by the ATSB.


The airplane is not a MiG. It’s an Aero L-39 Albatros, and commonly used as a trainer/light attack aircraft

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Yep, I just found that too.

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It’s quite odd for us Aussies to have so many.

I agree, this is unusual.

Apparently this happened on takeoff. Can the news just get it right the first time?

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