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Updated: 23 March 2017

The ATSB investigation into the in-flight propeller detachment involving SAAB 340 VH-NRX, 19 km SW of Sydney Airport, NSW, on 17 March 2017 is continuing.

With assistance from the NSW Police at Bankstown and NSW Police Air Wing, the investigation team yesterday recovered the propeller assembly in bushland at Revesby in Sydney’s South West. ATSB investigators have also interviewed flight and cabin crew.

The team are now:

  • consulting with the engine and aircraft manufacturers and the aircraft operator
  • reviewing the aircraft’s maintenance requirements and records
  • examining the aircraft’s flight data recorder
  • examining physical components, including the propeller assembly and engine, in consultation with relevant parties.

Updates will be provided as significant information comes to hand.

A preliminary factual report is expected to be publicly released within a month.

 NSW Police prepare to winch the propeller from bushland




Published: 17 March 2017

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an incident involving a Saab 340, registration VH-NRX, about 19 km from Sydney on 17 March 2017.

It is reported that the right propeller assembly detached in-flight during the Regional Express (REX) flight from Albury to Sydney, with 16 passengers and three crew on board. The aircraft landed safely at Sydney.

The ATSB is deploying a team of three investigators with expertise in materials failure engineering, recorded flight data analysis, and human factors.

Over the next few days, investigators will examine the aircraft, interview the flight and cabin crew, collect maintenance records and recorded flight data.

Important: The ATSB urges anyone who finds a piece of suspected aircraft debris NOT to handle it. Please call the local police or the ATSB on 1800 020 616.


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