Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.
On 8 July 2019, at about 1800 Eastern Standard Time, a Fairchild Industries SA227-AC departed Coffs Harbour, New South Wales (NSW) to conduct a charter freight flight to Port Macquarie, NSW. The pilot was the only occupant on board.
During cruise at 9,000 ft, approximately 37 km south of Coffs Harbour, the pilot noticed the right engine fire warning lights had illuminated on the warning panel and immediately commenced the memory items required for an engine fire warning. The pilot shut down the right engine, feathered the propeller to reduce drag and shortly after, the engine fire warning lights extinguished. The pilot then conducted a return to Coffs Harbour.
After landing, the aircraft was taxied to the parking bay and shut down. Fire services attended and conducted a heat test on the right engine using heat-sensing cameras. No excessive heat was recorded. The pilot then opened up the engine nacelle to visually inspect the engine. The inspection did not detect any heat damage.
The engineering inspection did not reveal any faults with the engine. The fire detector was repositioned with better clearance from surrounding assemblies. The operator has advised that they will be undertaking a feasibility assessment of an enhanced engine wiring harness replacement program.
This incident highlights the importance of flight crews maintaining awareness of all system states and being prepared to act at the first sign of trouble. Although there was no in-flight fire in this incident, the crew followed procedures and commenced memory items for the fire warning ensuring a safe outcome.
About this report
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. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.
|Date:||08 July 2019||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Location:||37 KM south of Coffs Harbour Airport|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Release Date:||27 August 2019||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Fairchild Industries Inc|
|Type of operation||Charter|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Coffs Harbour, New South Wales|
|Destination||Port Macquarie, New South Wales|