Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure; Kununurra Airport, WA; 29 December 2006; VH-FNP, Embraer EMB-110P2 Bandeirante

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 02 November 2007   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command ATPL
Last update 18 April 2018