Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine malfunction and return involving Bombardier DHC-8-315, VH-XKJ, Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 23 April 2019

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


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.

General details
Date: 23 April 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 0615 AWST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Perth Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8-315  
Aircraft registration VH-XKJ  
Serial number 588  
Operator Skippers Aviation  
Type of operation Charter  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Perth, WA  
Destination Duketon Gold, WA  
Last update 14 November 2019