The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction and return incident involving a Bombardier DHC-8-315, registered VH-XKJ, near Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 23 April 2019.
Shortly after take-off, the crew detected a popping sound in the aircraft’s left engine and the left engine’s torque reduced to approximately 60 per cent. The crew declared a PAN and returned to Perth Airport.
The ATSB will liaise with the aircraft operator to obtain relevant evidence and interview the crew.
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.
|Date:||23 April 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0615 AWST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Perth Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||4th Quarter 2019|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Bombardier Inc|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Perth, WA|
|Destination||Duketon Gold, WA|