Missing SAAB 340 propeller located
The detached propeller from the Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340 was located by NSW Police at around noon today.
The propeller was located by NSW Police helicopter PolAir1 in an area of bushland near Revesby in Sydney’s south-west.
The ATSB is now working with NSW Police to recover the 100kg propeller assembly in preparation for examination.
Since the propeller assembly detached from the engine on a flight from Albury to Sydney on 17 March, the ATSB has been calculating its likely trajectory, using data from the aircraft’s flight data recorder. The propeller was located in an area broadly consistent with the ATSB’s calculations.
The ATSB investigation team will examine the propeller assembly to determine the contributing factors that led to its detachment from the aircraft.
ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood thanked NSW Police for their ongoing cooperation with locating and recovering the propeller.
More information about this incident and the ATSB’s investigation is available on the ATSB’s website.
Link to the PolAir1 vision.
Media contact: 1800 020 616 Last update 21 March 2017