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.
|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:||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 manufacturer||Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd|
|Type of operation||General Aviation|
|Sector||Sport and recreational|
|Damage to aircraft||Minor|
|Departure point||Devonport Aerodrome|