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The ATSB is investigating a de-icing boot failure involving Regional Express SAAB 340, VH-ZLH, at Esperance Airport, Western Australia, on 26 May 2018.

While conducting ice protection system testing during taxi, the flight crew received an associated caution. The crew completed failure management checks and subsequently elected to conduct the flight to Perth. After landing, the flight crew found a tear in the right stabiliser boot.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew, obtain engineering reports, review operational procedures and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

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.

General details
Date: 26 May 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 6:38 WST Investigation phase: Final report: Approval 
Location   (show map):Esperance Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Icing 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Saab Aircraft Co. 
Aircraft model: 340B 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZLH 
Serial number: 340B-376 
Operator: Regional Express (REX) 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Esperance, WA
Destination:Perth, WA
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Last update 15 October 2018