Aviation safety investigations & reports

Engine failure during take-off involving Bombardier Dash 8-315, VH-ZZE, at Darwin Airport, Northern Territory, on 11 November 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


The ATSB is investigating an engine failure during take-off involving a Bombardier Dash 8-315, registered VH-ZZE, at Darwin Airport, on 11 November 2019.

After applying take-off power and before brakes release, the aircraft’s number 2 engine failed. The take-off was aborted.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview directly involved parties and obtain other relevant information, including recorded data.

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: 11 November 2019   Investigation status: Active  
  Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Darwin Airport   Investigation phase: Examination and analysis  
State: Northern Territory   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: None  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2020    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc  
Aircraft model DHC-8-315  
Aircraft registration VH-ZZE  
Serial number 640  
Operator Surveillance Australia  
Type of operation Aerial Work  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Darwin, Northern Territory  
Destination Darwin, Northern Territory  
Last update 20 July 2020