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Engine failure - VH-SBA, Wagga Wagga Aerodrome, NSW, 4 October 2009

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 4 October 2009, at 1217 Eastern Standard Time, the flight crew of a SAAB Aircraft Co 340B aircraft, registered VH-SBA noted abnormal left engine temperature indications during initial climb-out on a scheduled passenger flight from Wagga Wagga Aerodrome, New South Wales to Melbourne, Victoria.

The flight crew later reported that they noticed abnormally high indications from the left engine inter-turbine temperature, before shutting down the left engine and returning to the aerodrome for landing. Subsequent inspection of the left engine indicated internal damage, specifically to the stage 1 compressor section blisk blade.

The left engine damage was the result of the fatigue-related failure and separation of four of the stage 1 compressor blisk blades. There was no evidence that material defects or abnormalities contributed to the failures.

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General details
Date: 04 October 2009   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 12:57 ESuT   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Wagga Wagga Aerodrome    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 12 November 2010   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-SBA  
Serial number 340B-311  
Type of operation Air Transport Low Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Wagga Wagga  
Departure time 12:55 EST  
Destination Melbourne  
Last update 03 April 2020