Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure involving Fokker 100, VH-FWI, en route to Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 9 July 2019

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


Update: 9 July 2020

The investigation into an engine failure involving a Fokker 100, VH-FWI, 41 km south of Geraldton Airport, while en route to Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 9 July 2019 is continuing.

The investigation report is currently in the ‘Final report: Internal review’ phase. Final ATSB investigation reports undergo a rigorous internal review process to ensure the report adequately and accurately reflects the evidence collected, the analysis undertaken and the agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review.

Before submissions on the final report are sought by directly involved parties, final investigation reports also undergo technical and administrative reviews to ensure the reports meet national and international standards for transport safety investigations.

If a review identifies any issues with a report, such as information that needs to be expanded or findings that need to be modified, investigators may seek additional evidence or conduct additional examination and analysis of existing evidence.

ATSB investigators have so far gathered and analysed information from multiple sources, including:

  • The flight crew
  • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (flight operations and airworthiness management)
  • Bureau of Meterology
  • Airservices Australia
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Fokker Services
  • Rolls-Royce.

Refer to the General details table below for the anticipated completion date.



Initial summary

The ATSB is investigating an engine failure involving a Fokker 100, registration VH-FWI, following departure from Geraldton Airport, Western Australia, on 9 July 2019.

During climb from Geraldton, at about FL115 the flight crew observed the left engine thrust lever retarding towards flight idle, followed by an ENG FAIL warning. The flight crew attempted to relight the engine but were unsuccessful. The flight crew declared a PAN PAN and continued the flight to the planned destination of Perth Airport, where the aircraft landed safely. There were no injuries.

The ATSB will interview the flight crew and gather additional information.

A 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 stakeholders so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.

General details
Date: 09 July 2019   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1458 WST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Geraldton Airport   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: Western Australia   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Fokker B.V.  
Aircraft model F28 MK 0100  
Aircraft registration VH-FWI  
Serial number 11318  
Operator Virgin Australia Regional Airlines  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Geraldton, Western Australia  
Destination Perth, Western Australia  
Last update 12 August 2020