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The ATSB is investigating an engine failure involving an Airbus Helicopter AS355F-1, registered VH-SEV, that occurred at Bankstown Aerodrome, NSW on 12 March 2018

During landing, the pilot experienced a suspected failure of the no. 2 engine and shut it down. After landing, smoke and fire was detected emanating from the engine cowls. Post-flight, it was determined the exhaust ducts had become detached and the exhaust collector was badly damaged.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the engine and affected components, obtain technical and recorded data and interview relevant personnel.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical 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: 12 March 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 8:28 ESuT Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Bankstown Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airbus Helicopters 
Aircraft model: AS355F-1 
Aircraft registration: VH-SEV 
Operator: Rotor Head 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown, NSW
Destination:Bankstown, NSW
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Last update 14 November 2018