Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine issues on descent involving ATR 72-600, VH-FVN, near Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 13 December 2018

Investigation number:
AO-2018-081
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase

Summary

Update: 9 December 2019

The investigation into engine issues on descent involving ATR 72-600, VH-FVN, near Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 13 December 2018 is continuing.

ATSB investigators have gathered and analysed the following information:

  • Flight data recordings
  • Crew recollections
  • Aircraft Operator’s maintenance records and operational documentation
  • Aircraft Manufacturer documentation
  • Meteorological information.

A draft final report is currently being prepared for internal review before distribution for external review by directly-involved-parties (DIPs). DIPs are given the opportunity to comment on the final report before it is approved to ensure their input has been accurately reflected.

DIPS are individuals or organisations outside of the ATSB who possess direct knowledge of the accident or incident. DIPs have from five to 28 days to provide their comment and present evidence in support of their comments. This timeframe can be extended to allow DIPs based overseas to provide comment.

The anticipated completion and publication release date of the final report is during the first quarter of 2020.

 

Initial summary:

The ATSB is investigating an engine-related occurrence involving ATR 72-600, VH-FVN, near Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory, on 13 December 2018.

While the aircraft was descending through 11,000 ft in heavy rain, the right engine’s power rolled back (decreased) and the engine flamed out. The engine automatically re-started within five seconds. The descent continued and, while passing through 10,000 ft, the left engine’s power also rolled back and that engine flamed out before automatically relighting. The crew selected manual engine ignition for the remainder of the flight and the landing.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB has downloaded the flight data recorder and will be gathering 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 relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken.

General details
Date: 13 December 2018   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 19:00 AEST   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Canberra Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Australian Capital Territory   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Régional  
Aircraft model ATR72-212A  
Aircraft registration VH-FVN  
Serial number 1039  
Operator Virgin Australia  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Sydney, NSW  
Destination Canberra, ACT  
Last update 13 December 2019