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The ATSB is investigating multiple fuel contamination reports, with the most recent occurrences in Cloncurry, Queensland, in September and October, 2016.

During routine inspections, flight crew detected foreign debris in fuel drums. Subsequently, additional drums were inspected and further contamination was discovered.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will attempt to determine the origin of the contamination in order to prevent reoccurrence in the future.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 07 September 2016 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 08:00 EST Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):near Cloncurry Aerodrome (Grenada Station) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Fuel contamination 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Eurocopter 
Aircraft model: AS.350B3 
Aircraft registration: VH-VTN 
Serial number: 4527 
Type of operation: General Aviation-Unknown 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Cloncurry, Qld
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Last update 14 November 2018