Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure involving Bombardier DHC-8, VH-LQD, near Brisbane, Queensland, on 26 June 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: External review Read more information on this investigation phase


Update: 26 June 2020

The investigation into the engine failure involving a Bombardier DHC-8, VH-LQD, near Brisbane, Queensland, on 26 June 2018 is continuing.

ATSB investigators have gathered and analysed information from multiple sources, including:

  • the operator
  • aircraft and engine manufacturers
  • flight crew
  • recorded flight data

The investigation report is currently in the ‘Final report: External review’ phase. During this phase, to check factual accuracy and ensure natural justice, Directly Involved Parties (DIPs) are given the opportunity to comment on the final report before it is approved to ensure their input has been accurately reflected.

DIPs are individuals or organisations outside the ATSB who possess direct knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the incident or accident. DIPs can only comment on the factual accuracy of an investigation, not its analysis and findings.

Following the DIPs process, the report is approved by management before being sent to the ATSB Commission for final approval. Once approved, the final report is prepared for publication and dissemination and released to DIPs prior to its public release.

Refer to the General details table below for the anticipated completion date.



Initial summary

The ATSB is investigating an engine failure and inflight shutdown involving a Bombardier DHC-8-402, registered VH-LQD, operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld), near Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on the 27 June 2018.

During the cruise, the right engine failed and the crew were unable to feather the propeller. The aircraft continued to Brisbane Airport where the aircraft landed safely.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will obtain information from the flight crew, engineering reports, recorded data and additional information as required.

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: 26 June 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 18:09 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Brisbane Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: External review  
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8-402  
Aircraft registration VH-LQD  
Serial number 4371  
Operator Sunstate Airlines (Qld)  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Mackay, Qld  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 26 June 2020