Update: 9 July 2020
The investigation into an engine failure involving a Fokker 100, VH-FWI, 41 km south of Geraldton Airport, while en route to Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 9 July 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, the analysis undertaken and the agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review.
Before submissions on the final report are sought by directly involved parties, final investigation reports also undergo 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 may seek additional evidence or conduct additional examination and analysis of existing evidence.
ATSB investigators have so far gathered and analysed information from multiple sources, including:
- The flight crew
- Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (flight operations and airworthiness management)
- Bureau of Meterology
- Airservices Australia
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority
- Fokker Services
Refer to the General details table below for the anticipated completion date.
The ATSB is investigating an engine failure involving a Fokker 100, registration VH-FWI, following departure from Geraldton Airport, Western Australia, on 9 July 2019.
During climb from Geraldton, at about FL115 the flight crew observed the left engine thrust lever retarding towards flight idle, followed by an ENG FAIL warning. The flight crew attempted to relight the engine but were unsuccessful. The flight crew declared a PAN PAN and continued the flight to the planned destination of Perth Airport, where the aircraft landed safely. There were no injuries.
The ATSB will interview the flight crew and gather additional information.
A 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 stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
|Date:||09 July 2019||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1458 WST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Geraldton Airport||Investigation phase:||Final report: Internal review|
|State:||Western Australia||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2020|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Fokker B.V.|
|Aircraft model||F28 MK 0100|
|Operator||Virgin Australia Regional Airlines|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Geraldton, Western Australia|
|Destination||Perth, Western Australia|