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At about 0730 Eastern Daylight-saving Time on the 14 December 2016, a Pelican Airlines British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft, registered VH-OTQ, departed Newcastle Airport for Dubbo, New South Wales. Two flight crew and six passengers were on board the regular public transport flight.

Just after the aircraft reached the cruising altitude of FL 160, the captain who was the pilot monitoring, noticed the right engine exhaust gas temperature (EGT) gauge was indicating just outside the top of the green arc. The captain reduced the power to the right engine, but there was no corresponding reduction in the EGT.

The flight crew conducted the quick reference handbook (QRH) emergency checklist for the lack of response to power lever movement, the power lever was checked after about 5 minutes and was found to still be unresponsive.

The crew advised the controller of their situation and requested a new clearance to return to Newcastle. The crew also advised the controller that as a precaution they might conduct an in-flight engine shut down. The controller gave them a clearance to descend and track direct to Newcastle. The controller initiated an alert phase and the airport emergency services were requested to be on standby.

The flight crew conducted the QRH engine in-flight shutdown checklist and shutdown the right engine prior to commencing their descent to Newcastle.

On descent, passing through about 8,000 ft the captain became the flying pilot and the first officer the monitoring pilot. The crew conducted a visual approach and landed without further incident. The two crew and six passengers were not injured and the aircraft was not damaged.

It is important when time permits to broadcast a ‘pan’ or ‘mayday’, whichever is applicable, to air traffic control to alert the controller and remove any uncertainty about the severity of the situation.

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General details
Date: 14 December 2016 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 07:48 ESuT  
Location   (show map):60 km WNW of Newcastle Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
Release date: 27 April 2017 Occurrence class: Infrastructure 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: British Aerospace PLC 
Aircraft model: Jetstream 32 
Aircraft registration: VH-OTQ 
Serial number: 975 
Operator: Pelican Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Williamtown, NSW
Destination:Dubbo, NSW
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Last update 27 April 2017