Aviation safety investigations & reports

Fuel drum contamination - near Cloncurry Aerodrome, Qld on 7 September 2016

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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 level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Cloncurry Aerodrome (Grenada Station)   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Fuel contamination  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

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  
Destination Unknown  
Last update 11 July 2019