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The ATSB is investigating a dual engine failure and forced landing involving a Cessna 441, VH-LBY, at 39 km East of Broome Airport, Western Australia, on 2 March 2018.

During descent into Broome Airport, the right then left engines began to surge. The pilot shut down the right engine and made a mayday call. Shortly after, the left engine failed and the pilot conducted a forced landing on the Great Northern Highway. There was no reported damage to the aircraft. The pilot and passengers were not injured.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and obtain engineering information.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue. A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

General details
Date: 02 March 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 16:20 WST Investigation phase: Evidence-Collection 
Location   (show map):Great Northern Hwy, 39 km East of Broome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Expected completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 441 
Aircraft registration: VH-LBY 
Serial number: 4410023 
Operator: Skippers Aviation 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Fitzroy Crossing, NT
Destination:Broome, WA
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Last update 06 March 2018