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Section 21 (2) of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act) empowers the ATSB to discontinue an investigation at any time. Section 21 (3) of the TSI Act requires the ATSB to publish a statement setting out the reasons for discontinuing an investigation.

An investigation was commenced into a pitch down event involving a Fairchild Industries Inc. SA226-AC on a scheduled freight flight from Moree, NSW to Brisbane, Qld on 24 December 2009. Information from tests conducted by the aircraft operator, on the aircraft after the flight, did not reveal any problems with the aircraft and it was returned to service. The ATSB's analysis of flight recorder data did not disclose any additional safety information. The ATSB has assessed that further investigation was unlikely to produce any benefit for transport safety and has elected to discontinue the investigation.

The data collected in the course of the investigation may be used by the ATSB for future statistical analysis and safety research purposes.

General details
Date: 24 December 2009 Investigation status: Discontinued 
Time: 1030 ESuT  
Location   (show map):near Casino Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Flight control systems 
 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Discontinued Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Fairchild Industries Inc 
Aircraft model: SA227 
Aircraft registration: VH-UZP 
Serial number: AC-498 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Moree, NSW
Destination:Brisbane, Qld
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Last update 13 May 2014