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On base leg for runway 26 at Portland the left engine failed without any prior warning. The crew secured the engine and a successful single engine landing was accomplished. The engine was removed and transported to the operator's maintenance facility for investigation. During disassembly of the accessory gear drive it was found that the first idler bearing had collapsed. The bearing supported the accessory gear assembly, part number 3103601-6. When the bearing collapsed the gear moved about the shaft axis and disengaged from the fuel pump spur gear, part number 3102268-2. With the spur gear disengaged, the fuel pump was not ably to supply fuel to the engine which shut down without warning, as reported by the crew. The failed bearing was returned to the manufacturer for investigation, however the factors surrounding the failure have not been advised. The manufacturer did advise that they have initiated a program to improve the reliability of the first idler bearing by: - changing from a ball to a roller type bearing, - changing the idler housing material, and - improving the retention of the housing thereby improving support and changing the natural frequency. The program is now at the implementation stage. The operator has determined to retrofit the improved first idler assembly in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
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General details
Date: 11 September 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 9:45 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Fuel starvation 
Release date: 25 October 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fairchild Industries Inc 
Aircraft model: SA227-DC 
Aircraft registration: VH-KED 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne VIC
Destination:Portland VIC
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