Update: 23 April March 2020
The investigation into the engine malfunction and return involving a De Havilland Aircraft of Canada DHC-8-315, VH-XKJ, near Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 23 April 2019 is continuing.
The investigation report is currently in the ‘Final report: Internal review’ phase. Final ATSB investigation reports undergo a rigorous internal review process to ensure the report adequately and accurately reflects the evidence collected, analysis, and agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review. Final investigation reports also undergo other technical and administrative reviews to ensure the reports meet national and international standards for transport safety investigations.
If a review identifies any issues with a report, such as information that needs to be expanded or findings that need to be modified, investigators will look to collect new evidence or conduct additional examination and analysis of existing evidence.
ATSB investigators have so far gathered and analysed information from multiple sources, including:
- Recorded flight data
- Maintenance documentation
- Operator procedures.
Refer to the General details table below for the anticipated completion date.
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:||Final report: Approval|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Bombardier Inc|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Perth, WA|
|Destination||Duketon Gold, WA|