Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine issues on descent involving ATR 72-600, VH-FVN, near Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 13 December 2018

Investigation number:
AO-2018-081
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating an engine-related occurrence involving ATR 72-600, VH-FVN, near Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 13 December 2018.

While the aircraft was descending through 11,000 ft in heavy rain, the right engine’s power rolled back (decreased) and the engine flamed out. The engine automatically re-started within five seconds. The descent continued and, while passing through 10,000 ft, the left engine’s power also rolled back and that engine flamed out before automatically relighting. The crew selected manual engine ignition for the remainder of the flight and the landing.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB has downloaded the flight data recorder and will be gathering additional information.

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 relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 13 December 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 19:00 AEST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Canberra Airport   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: Australian Capital Territory   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence class: Technical  
Report status: Pending   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Expected completion: 3rd Quarter 2019   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-Gie Avions de Transport Régional  
Aircraft model ATR72-212A  
Aircraft registration VH-FVN  
Serial number 1039  
Operator Virgin Australia  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Canberra, ACT  
Last update 17 December 2018