The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into an uncommanded engine power reduction involving the Beechcraft King Air 200C, VH-VAH, at Essendon Airport, Vic., 19 August 2021.
At about 50 ft on take-off, a partial power loss from the number one engine resulted in a momentary loss of directional control and a failure to achieve climb performance. The pilot restored climb power and continued the take-off. The pilot later reported the number one engine throttle friction was not set correctly. The investigation is continuing.
The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the crew, a review and examination of operational manuals, maintenance records and the gathering of any other relevant evidence.
A report will be published 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 parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||19 August 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||23:39 AUS Eastern Standard Time||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Essendon Aerdrome||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Victoria||Occurrence type:||Loss of control|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2022|
|Operator||PEL-AIR AVIATION PTY LIMITED|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Essendon Aerodrome, Victoria|
|Destination||Albury Aerodrome, NSW|