Abnormal engine indications involving Cessna 441, VH-JFU, near Tindal, Northern Territory on 7 September 2021 - new investigation
During cruise, the pilot observed abnormal engine indications and diverted the aircraft to Katherine Airport, Tindal. The engineering inspection revealed irregularities in the assembly of oil system components, resulting in the air/oil separator becoming blocked.
Runway excursion involving Fokker F100 aircraft, VH-FKD, Laverton Airport, WA, 28 September 2021 - new investigation
During taxi after landing, the flight crew reported that the right side steering tiller for the nose wheel was very heavy to turn at the end of the runway, and the left main wheels subsequently left the runway surface.
Carbon monoxide indication during flight involving Piper PA-28, VH-PZG near Bankstown Airport, New South Wales, on 8 March 2021 - final report
At the top of climb, at about 4,000 ft near Warragamba Dam, the instructor detected a faint exhaust gas smell and recalled feeling a little more tired than when they took off and mildly lightheaded. The instructor then looked up at the carbon monoxide detector and observed a localised discolouration (indicating the likely presence of carbon monoxide in the cabin).
Separation occurrence involving Cessna 208, VH-YMV, Ballina Airport, 16 September 2021 - new investigation
The aircraft involved were a Cessna 208, registered VH-YMV, a Virgin Australia Boeing 737, registered VH-YIO, and a Jetstar Airbus A320, registered VH-VQK.
Aircraft preparation involving a Boeing 787-9, registration VH-ZNJ, discovered at Los Angeles International Airport, USA on 22 September 2021 - new investigation
During the post-flight inspection following an uneventful flight to Los Angeles, United Sates, the engineer discovered that the static port vents on both engine fan cowls were covered with engineering tape.
Visual flight rules pilots pressing on into instrument meteorological conditions without a current instrument rating carries a significant risk of spatial disorientation due to powerful and misleading orientation sensations with reduced visual cues.
» Disorientation can affect any pilot, no matter what their level of experience.
» Avoid deteriorating weather by conducting thorough pre-flight planning.
» Use a ‘personal minimums’ checklist to help control and manage risk.
» If you become disoriented or lost in marginal weather, seek whatever help is available, including support from air traffic control.