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On 25 June 2004, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau released its final investigation report into an accident which occurred on 27 November 2001 at Toowoomba aerodrome, Qld, involving a Beech Aircraft Corporation King Air C90 aircraft, registered VH-LQH, which experienced an engine failure shortly after takeoff. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants sustained fatal injuries. The report (200105618) is available on the ATSB website (www.atsb.gov.au).

In September 2005, a coronial inquiry into the accident was commenced. During that inquiry, new information was brought to the attention of the ATSB. As a result of this new information, the ATSB formally reopened the investigation on 11 November 2005in accordance with Paragraph 5.13 of Annex 13 to the Chicago Convention through Section 17 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003, to assess the matters raised and their significance to the original ATSB investigation findings.

In light of a further review of the evidence, the ATSB has reconsidered its original finding that the initiating event of the engine failure of VH-LQH was a blade release in the compressor turbine and proposes that an alternative possibility could have been that the initiating event occurred in the power turbine. Notwithstanding this possibility, in either scenario, the remainder of the findings and safety recommendations contained in the original ATSB report are still relevant.

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General details
Date: 27 November 2001 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0838 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Toowoomba (ALA)  
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Technical 
Release date: 24 August 2006 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: C90 
Aircraft registration: VH-LQH 
Serial number: LJ-644 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Toowoomba,QLD
Departure time:0837 hours EST
Destination:Goondiwindi, QLD
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandATPL3853693
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 1304
Total:1304
 
 
 
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