Aviation safety investigations & reports

Saab Aircraft AB SF-340B, VH-KDQ

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


Due to intermittent reports of smells in the cockpit associated with bleed air from the right engine, first reported on 4 July 2000, a compressor wash had been carried out on the engine and the crew had been requested to report further.

The crew subsequently reported a strong smell in the cockpit at times during climb, cruise and descent. The smell was accompanied by an oily taste in the mouth with general ill feeling and headaches. The symptoms abated after the right engine bleed air was turned off.

The operator reported that there have been no further reports. However, the engine has been scheduled for removal and return to the manufacturer for further investigation as a defective internal engine oil seal is suspected.

General details
Date: 24 July 2000   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: N/A    
Location   (show map): 37 km N Sydney, Aero.    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Fumes  
Release date: 21 September 2000   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer S.A.A.B. Aircraft Co  
Aircraft model 340  
Aircraft registration VH-KDQ  
Serial number 340B-325  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Coffs Harbour, NSW  
Last update 13 May 2014