Aviation safety issues and actions

Cessna 206 emergency procedures

Issue number: AO-2020-010-SI-01
Issue owner: Textron Aviation
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2020-010
Issue release date: 08 July 2021
Current issue status: Open – Safety action pending

Safety issue description

The Cessna 206 procedure for ditching and forced landing states that the flaps are to be extended to 40°. While that permits the aircraft to land at a slower speed, it also significantly restricts emergency egress via the cargo door. However, there is no warning about that aspect in the ditching or forced landing pilot’s operating handbook emergency procedures.

Safety recommendation

Action number: AO-2020-010-SR-017
Action organisation: Textron Aviation
Date: 08 July 2021
Action status: Released

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Textron Aviation takes safety action to address the procedure for ditching and forced landing in the pilot operating handbook to ensure pilots are aware that extending the flaps beyond 10° will significantly restrict emergency egress via the cargo door.

Last update 08 July 2021