Flight LG9562 was taking off en route for Luxembourg’s Findel airport when the accident occurred Sept. 30. Saarbrücken is a small regional airport in western Germany. The aircraft was flying a Hamburg-Saarbrücken-Luxembourg routing.
The Luxembourg national carrier said that none of the 16 passengers and four crew were injured after the aircraft came to rest on its belly.
Photographs from the scene appear to indicate that the undercarriage was not deployed.
Saarbrücken’s single 6,530 ft. (1990m) runway remained closed for much of the day, resulting in the cancellation of several flights. It was moved from the runway late Sept. 30.
Luxair spokesman Jean Lasar told ATW that the aircraft’s 45-year-old captain had more than 10,000 hours’ experience, of which more than 3,600 were on the Q400. The aircraft, which was acquired new in September 2012, had had a routine check on the night of Sept. 29 and its last heavy check in February. It had amassed more than 7,000 flying hours and 6,604 cycles since entering service.