Updated: 6 September 2019
The investigation into the fuel drum contamination near Cloncurry Aerodrome, Queensland on 7 September 2016 is continuing.
The investigation is currently in the examination and analysis phase. During this phase, evidence is reviewed and evaluated to determine its relevance, validity, credibility and relationship to other evidence and to the occurrence.
ATSB investigators are examining a range of topics, including the:
- nature of the contaminant, including any effect on the stored fuel
- effectiveness of pump and aircraft filtration,
- procedures for manufacturing and inspecting the drums
- effects of transporting and handling the drums.
Once the evidence analysis phase is complete, a final report will be drafted and undergo a rigorous internal review to ensure the report findings adequately and accurately reflect the analysis of available evidence. Final investigation reports also undergo other technical and administrative reviews to ensure the reports meet national and international standards for transport safety investigations.
Following the completion of the internal review, a draft of the final report will be sent to all directly involved parties for their comment before the report is finalised and published.
Currently, the anticipated completion and publication release date of the final report is during the fourth quarter of 2019. However, should any safety issues be identified during any phase of this investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.
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.
|Date:||07 September 2016||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0800 EST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Cloncurry Aerodrome (Grenada Station)||Investigation phase:||Examination and analysis|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Fuel contamination|
|Release date:||06 September 2019||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2020|
|Type of operation||General Aviation|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Cloncurry, Qld|