Dornier Do 228

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Do 228
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A Dornier Do 228 of Aerocardal taking off
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Dornier GmbH
First flight March 28, 1981
Introduction July 1982
Status Active service
Primary users Indian Air Force
Indian Coast Guard
Produced 1981-1998
Number built 270+ 4 in 2010 and 10 in 2013
Unit cost
$ 7,000,000 Dornier 228NG[citation needed]
Developed from Dornier Do 28

The Dornier Do 228 is a twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, manufactured by Dornier GmbH (later DASA Dornier, Fairchild-Dornier) from 1981 until 1998. In 1983, Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) bought a production licence and manufactured 125 aircraft for the Asian market sphere.[1][2] Approximately 270 Do 228 were built at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany and Kanpur, India. In August 2006, 127 Dornier Do 228 aircraft (all variants) remain in airline service.[3]

In 2009, RUAG started building a Dornier 228 New Generation in Germany with the fuselage, wings and tail unit manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Kanpur (India) and transported to Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, where RUAG Aviation carries out aircraft final assembly, customized equipment installation, product conformity inspection and aircraft delivery. It is basically the same aircraft with improved technologies and performances, such as a new five blade propeller, glass cockpit and longer range.[4] The first delivery was made in September 2010.[5]

Design and development[edit]


Do 28 TNT Experimental aircraft in 1980

In the late 1970s, Dornier GmbH developed a new kind of wing, the TNT (Tragflügel neuer Technologie - Aerofoil new technology), subsidized by the German Government. Dornier tested it on a modified Do 28D-2 Skyservant and with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-110 turboprop engines. Finally, Dornier changed the engine and tested the new aircraft, which was named Do 128 with two Garrett AiResearch TPE-331-5 engines.[6] The company developed a new fuselage for the TNT and TPE 331–5 in two variants (15- and 19-passenger) and named both project-aircraft E-1 (later Do 228-100) and E-2 (later Do 228-200). At ILA '80, Dornier presented the new aircraft in public. Both of the prototypes were flown on 28 March 1981 and 9 May 1981 for the first time.[7][8]

After German certification was granted on 18 December 1981, the first Do 228 entered service in the fleet of Norving in July 1982.[7] British and United States certification followed on 17 April and 11 May 1984 respectively.[8] Over the years, Dornier offered the 228 in upgraded variants and fitted with optional equipment for performing various special missions. In 1998, activity on the production line was halted, in part to concentrate on the development of the successor Fairchild-Dornier 328.

Do 228NG[edit]

Do 228NG at ILA 2012

The Dornier 228NG was produced by RUAG Aviation and certified by EASA on 18 August 2010.[9] First delivery, to a Japanese customer, took place in September 2010. The main changes from the previous Dornier 228-212 model are a new five-blade propeller made of composite material, more powerful engines and an advanced glass cockpit featuring electronic instrument displays.[10] In 2011, the Bangladesh Navy ordered two Do 228NG for the surveillance and search and rescue (SAR) mission. The aircraft were delivered on 3 June 2013.[11] RUAG suspended production of the Do 228NG after completion of the initial batch of eight in 2013. Production restarted in 2015, with deliveries of four per year planned from 2016.[12]

In October 2014, HAL announced that it has received an Indian Navy order for 12 Do-228 aircraft maritime surveillance and patrol aircraft worth about Rupees 1600 crores,[13] and a few months later in February 2015, it announced that receiving an Indian Air Force order for 14 Do-228 aircraft worth about Rupees 1090 crores including six engines and a simulator.[14]


Civilian operators[edit]

Size comparison between Dornier 228 and a Boeing 747
Front view

As of October 2014 80 aircraft are known to be in commercial service.[15] Major operators include:

Dornier 228-200NG Users

Police, law enforcement, para-military operations[edit]

Finnish Border Guard Do 228 at Helsinki-Malmi Airport
 United Kingdom

Military operators[edit]

Dorniers of the Indian Navy
Do 228 of the German Navy in old livery
 Cape Verde
  • Seychelles Air Force - operates one Do 228. A second to be delivered in 2014. Both aircraft donated by India.

Former military operators[edit]


Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 2 January 1993, an Indian Coast Guard Do 228 crashed in sea approx 20 nm off Orisa coast. One pilot and one maintenance crew survived. Four maintenance crew were killed.
  • On 31 July 1993, an Everest Air Dornier Do 228 crashed in the Himalayas, killing all 19 people on board.
  • On 30 July 1998, Indian Airlines Flight IC 503 crashed while taking off at Cochin airport in Kerala killing all six persons on board and three others who were working inside a naval workshop building onto which it nose-dived and burst into flames.[32]
  • On 4 December 2003, a Dornier 228 of Kato Air operating Flight 603 was struck by lightning, causing a fracture to the control rod that operated the elevator. The aircraft landed heavily just short of the runway at Bodø. Both crew members sustained serious injuries while both passengers sustained slight injuries. The aircraft, registered LN-HTA, was written off.[33]
  • In January 2005, Polar 4 was severely damaged during a rough landing at the British over-wintering station Rothera on the Antarctic Peninsula. As it was impossible to repair the plane, the aircraft had to be decommissioned. Since then, scientific and logistical tasks of polar flights have been performed by Polar 2.
  • On 17 September 2006, an 18-seater Dornier 228 Nigerian Air Force transport plane, carrying 15 senior army officers and three crew members crashed into a hillside, leaving only three surviving passengers and two crew members that sustained serious injuries. The plane with registration number NAF 033 crashed near a remote village in Benue State at about 10:30 a.m. The military officers were members of a committee set up by the government to reposition the Nigerian Army. The plane departed Abuja in the early morning hours of September 17, on its way to Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State where the officers were to hold a retreat and crashed about 18 nautical miles from its destination.
  • On 13 December 2008, a Dornier 228 C-FYEV with 14 people on board operated by Summit Air Charters, was on approach at Cambridge Bay (YCB) after a flight from Resolute Bay (YRB) when the aircraft collided with terrain about 2,5 km short of the runway. One flight crew member and one passenger received minor injuries.[34]
  • On 24 August 2010, Agni Air Flight 101 crashed outside of Kathmandu in heavy rain, killing all 14 people on board.[35]
  • On 23 June 2011, Tara Air Do 228 9N-AGQ was substantially damaged in a heavy landing and runway excursion at Simikot Airport, Nepal. The aircraft was operating a cargo flight from Nepalgunj Airport.[36]
  • On 28 Sept 2012, a Sita Air Flight 601 crashed just one minute after it took off for Lukla Airport from Kathmandu, killing all 19 (16 passengers and three crew members) on board. Although the plane successfully crash-landed near the Manohara river, 50 meters away from the runway of Tribhuvan International Airport, it was destroyed by fire on the ground. Some witnesses stated that the aircraft had been on fire before landing [1]. Later in a press release by TIA, it was confirmed that a bird struck the aircraft, leading to an unusual maneuver which was informed right away to ATC by the captain of the aircraft.
  • On 9 September 2013, A Corpflite Dornier 228, registration CC-CNW crashed into power lines whilst attempting to land in fog at Viña del Mar Airport, resulting in the loss of both crew members on board.[38]
  • On 25 March 2015, the Indian Navy has started a full scale search and rescue operation to look for its two officers flying the Dornier 228 who have gone missing after it went off the Goa coast believed to have developed some technical problems after which it plunged into the sea.[39][40]
  • On 8 June 2015 at 9:23PM, A Dornier 228, 3 crew on board, operated by the Indian Coast Guard went missing over sea during a surveillance mission. On 13 June Survey Ship Sanadhayak picks up beacon signals most likely from missing Dornier. On 08 July 15 naval submarine confirmed the presence of beacon. following which , Reliance leased, MV Olympic Canyon located the wreckage and recovered FDR, VDR , wreckage and human remains.[41][42]
  • On 29 August 2015 Nigerian Air Force Dornier 228.212 registered NAF030 crashed just after take off into a house at the Ribadu Cantonment in Kaduna, Nigeria. A fire erupted, destroying the house and the aircraft and killing its 7 occupants.[43]

Specifications (Do 228-212)[edit]

Flight deck
Cabin view

Data from Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory 1999/2000 [44]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two pilots
  • Capacity: 19 passengers
  • Payload: 2,340 kg freight (5,158 lb)
  • Length: 16.56 m (54 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.97 m (55 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 4.86 m (15 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 32.0 m² (344 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: A-5
  • Empty weight: 3,739 kg (8,243 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 6,400 kg (-212) 6,200 kg (-202K) 6,100 kg (-202) 5,700 (-101) (14,550 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Garrett AiResearch TPE-331-5-252D or -10 variation( GP and GT ) turboprop, 578 kW (776 shp flat rated for -5A and -10 powerplants Available at 30 Celsius at Sea Level / 715 shp flat rated for -5 variations) each
  • Propellers: Hartzell Propellers model- HC-B4TN-5ML/LT10574 , 4 per engine
    • Propeller diameter: 105 in ()


See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists



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