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The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction involving a Pilatus PC-12, registered VH-OWS, near Meekatharra Aerodrome, Western Australia, on 7 August 2017.
During the climb after departing Meekatharra Aerodrome, at approximately 0230 (WST) oil began streaming across the aircraft’s cockpit windshield. The pilot decided to return to Meekatharra Aerodrome, where the aircraft landed safely. No one on board was injured.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

A final safety report will be released following the conclusion of the ATSB’s investigation. Should a safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 07 August 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 2:30 WST Investigation phase: Examination and Analysis 
Location   (show map):Meekatharra Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Expected completion: 2nd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd 
Aircraft model: PC-12/47E 
Aircraft registration: VH-OWS 
Serial number: 1428 
Operator: Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia (Western Operations) 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Meekatharra, WA
Destination:Jandakot, WA
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Last update 12 April 2018