Aviation safety investigations & reports

Ditching dam deployment in flight involving a Bombardier DHC-8, VH-SCE, between Adelaide and Whyalla, South Australia, on 8 August 2019

Investigation number:
AO-2019-044
Status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary

The ATSB is investigating a ditching dam deployment in flight involving a Bombardier DHC-8, registered VH-SCE, between Adelaide and Whyalla, South Australia, on 8 August 2019.

During cruise, the ditching dam deployed, uncommanded. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew and witnesses, and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the conclusion 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.

General details
Date: 08 August 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 14:45 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): abeam Kadina, between Adelaide and Whyalla   Investigation phase: Evidence collection  
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Airframe - Other  
  Occurrence category: 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-SCE  
Serial number 602  
Operator Eastern Australia Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Adelaide, South Australia  
Destination Whyalla, South Australia  
Last update 13 November 2019