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Electrical System Event Saab Aircraft AB, SF-340B, VH-ORX Lismore NSW

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Status: Completed
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On 21 January 2006, at 1155 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, a Saab AB SF340B aircraft, registered VH-ORX, departed Lismore Aerodrome, NSW, on a scheduled regular pubic transport flight to Sydney, NSW. On board were 3 crew and 21 passengers. Shortly after passing 8,000 ft on climb, the crew received a master caution warning indicating that there had been numerous system failures. After conducting failure management procedures the crew elected to return to the departure aerodrome. while en-route to the departure aerodrome they received another master caution indicating a hydraulic failure. The crew then diverted to Coolangatta Aerodrome.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the K9 circuit breaker had been tripped. The investigation by the operator revealed that it was possible to inadvertently trip the circuit breaker when moving a navigation folder for use

As a result of the occurrence the operator issued an Operations Notice to flight crew advising that items are not to be stored on the circuit breaker panel and that all circuit breakers are to be checked correctly during failure management procedures.

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General details
Date: 16 January 2006   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1155    
Location   (show map): 15km SSW Lismore, Aerodrome    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Warning devices  
Release date: 30 June 2006   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-ORX  
Serial number 293  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Lismore, NSW  
Departure time 1147  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL 2698 7650
Last update 18 April 2018