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Engine failure involving Fairchild SA227, VH-VEU, 170 km S of Brisbane, Qld, on 12 October 2016

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Status: Completed
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On 12 October 2016, a Vee H Aviation Fairchild Industries Inc. SA227-DC, registered VH-VEU, conducted a regular public transport flight from Armidale, New South Wales, to Brisbane, Queensland. On board the flight were two flight crew and 13 passengers.

At 0755 Eastern Daylight-saving Time, the aircraft was about 170 km south of Brisbane, when the aircraft suddenly yawed to the right. The flight crew confirmed the right engine was not delivering power and then shut down the right engine and feathered the right propeller. During the diagnosis, the flight crew noted that all right engine indications were normal except for a low torque reading and low fuel flow.

Air traffic control contacted the crew to confirm they were maintaining their altitude and the captain responded with a PAN broadcast that they were descending due to a right engine failure. The crew then requested, and were given, a direct track to Brisbane Airport from air traffic control. They completed their normal and single engine landing checklist procedures and landed at Brisbane Airport runway 19 without further incident.

Following the aircraft yaw, the flight crew actively employed their crew resource management procedures to identify and confirm the engine fault and then shut down the right engine. The use of these procedures reduced the risk of an incorrect diagnosis of the fault or activation of the incorrect engine controls during shut down.


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General details
Date: 12 October 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 07:55 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 170 km south of Brisbane    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
Release date: 09 February 2017   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fairchild Industries Inc  
Aircraft model SA227-DC  
Aircraft registration VH-VEU  
Serial number DC-797B  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Armidale, NSW  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 14 November 2018