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On 29 December 2006 at 1330 Western Daylight-saving Time, an Embraer EMB-110P2 Bandeirante aircraft, registered VH-FNP, departed Kununurra Airport, WA, enroute to Argyle. The aircraft was being operated on a charter flight with two pilots and one passenger onboard. The pilots later reported that, during climb out following takeoff, while passing through 500 ft above ground level, the right engine lost power. The pilots confirmed the power loss, completed emergency procedures, that included shutting down the right engine, and returned to Kununurra Airport. There were no injuries to the flight crew or passenger and no damage to the aircraft.

Subsequent examination of the engine compressor turbine (CT) blades from the engine indicated that they had been subjected to a 'high temperature creep' event, leading to stress rupture of the CT blade assembly.

The investigation could not determine when the engine had sustained the localised high temperature heating of the compressor turbine components.

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General details
Date: 29 December 2006 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330 WST  
Location   (show map):Kununurra Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
Release date: 02 November 2007 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Embraer-Empresa Brasileira De Aeronautica 
Aircraft model: EMB-110 
Aircraft registration: VH-FNP 
Serial number: 110-157 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Kununurra WA
Departure time:1329 WSuT
Destination:Argyle WA
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