Aviation safety investigations & reports

Beech Aircraft Corp 1900D, UE-200

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Whilst taxiing for a night departure, the right propeller was struck by a large bird, resulting in the separation of one propeller blade. The ensuing vibration caused substantial damage to the engine mountings and firewall, before the engine could be shut down.

A technical analysis determined that the blade had failed in overload about 15cms from the blade root whilst the propeller was in fine pitch. There was no evidence of any pre-existing cracking or defects in the area which may have contributed to the failure.

The blade had completed 10,228 hours of operation since new and 3,805 hours since last overhaul. The aircraft records indicated that there were no outstanding maintenance requirements on the propeller. The blade complied with all propeller certification requirements.

Witnesses described the bird carcass as that of a Brolga. This species grows to a height of 0.7 to 1.3 metres with a mass of 10 to 15 kilograms.

Safety Action

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (formerly BASI) is conducting a technical analysis of the blade failure. Any safety deficiencies identified will be published in the Bureau's Quarterly Safety Deficiency Report.

General details
Date: 20 October 1998   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0330 hours EST    
Location   (show map): Coffs Harbour, Aero.    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Birdstrike  
Release date: 12 January 2000   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corp  
Aircraft model 1900  
Aircraft registration VH-AFR  
Serial number VH-AFR  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Coffs Harbour, NSW  
Destination Unknown  
Last update 13 May 2014