Aviation safety investigations & reports

In-flight propeller loss involving Jabiru J120-C, registration 23-1531 at Devonport Airport, Tasmania on 16 January 2022

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an in-flight propeller loss involving Jabiru J120-C, registered 23-1531, that occurred at Devonport Airport, Tasmania, on 16 January 2022.

During flight training circuit operations, the student pilot reported that the propeller struck a seagull. The propeller detached from the aircraft and the instructor assumed control and conducted a forced landing onto the runway. There were no reported injuries.

As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will examine recovered physical components, relevant maintenance documentation and interview the pilots.

Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. This occurrence was initially examined as part of another investigation involving in-flight propeller loss from a Jabiru aircraft (AO-2022-004), however the available evidence did not support a clear link between the two.

A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 16 January 2022   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 15:30 AUS Eastern Daylight Time   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Devonport Aerodrome   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Tasmania   Occurrence type: Propeller/rotor malfunction  
Release date: 11 May 2022   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2022    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model J120-C  
Aircraft registration 23-1531  
Serial number 24  
Type of operation General Aviation  
Sector Sport and recreational  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Devonport Aerodrome  
Destination Devonport Aerodrome  
Last update 11 May 2022