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Darwin International Airport

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Name Darwin International Airport
Region Asia and Pacific
Territory Australia AU.gif
Location Marrara, Northern Territory
Serving Darwin
Elevation 31.394 m <br />103 ft <br />103 ft31.394 m <br />
Coordinates 12° 24' 54.23" S, 130° 52' 39.70" E
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
11/29 3354 m11,003.937 ft <br /> 60 m196.85 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes
18/36 1524 m5,000 ft <br /> 30 m98.425 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes

Observation YPDN 200700Z 01013KT CAVOK 31/19 Q1009
Station Darwin Airport
Date/Time 20 September 2021 07:00:00
Wind direction 10°
Wind speed 13 kts
Lowest cloud amount clouds and visibility OK
Temperature 31°C
Dew point 19°C
Humidity 48%
QNH 1009 hPa
Weather condition n/a

Tag(s) Cumulonimbus
Tropical Revolving Storm

Darwin International Airport serves the city of Darwin and the rest of the Australian Northern Territory. It is classified as a joint (civil/military) use aerodrome and is located in the northern Darwin suburb of Marrara,[Distance::13 km]] from the city centre, .


Tropical Savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw).



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Airport Layout

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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of YPDN

  • B738, Darwin Australia, 2016 (On 6 December 2016, a Boeing 737-800 approaching Darwin at night in the vicinity of thunderstorm activity suddenly encountered very heavy rain just before landing which degraded previously good visual reference. After drifting right of centreline just before and after touchdown, the right main gear left the runway for 400 metres before regaining. The landing and taxi-in was subsequently completed. The Investigation attributed the excursion to difficulty in discerning lateral drift during the landing flare to an abnormally wide runway with no centreline lighting in poor night visibility and noted similar previous outcomes had been consistently associated with this context.)
  • DH8C, Darwin NT Australia, 2019 (On 11 November 2019, one of the two PW100 series engines of a Bombardier DHC8-300 failed catastrophically when takeoff power was set prior to brake release. The Investigation found that the power turbine shaft had fractured in two places and all first and second stage power turbine blades had separated from their disks. The shaft failure was found to have been caused by fatigue cracking initiated by corrosion pitting which was assessed as probably the result of prolonged marine low-altitude operations by the aircraft. It was found that this fatigue cracking could increase undetected during service between scheduled inspections.)