The ATSB is investigating a loading evening involving a Fairchild SA227, VH-HPE, near Rockhampton Airport, Queensland, on 11 May 2020.
The aircraft was loaded incorrectly, resulting in the centre of gravity being outside of the rear limit. During take-off and cruise, the pilot experienced control issues which required constant pressure to be kept on the flight controls to maintain straight and level flight.
As part of the investigation, investigators will be interviewing the pilot and ground staff, reviewing flight data recorders and examining operational records.
Should any safety critical information be discovered at any time during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify operators and regulators so appropriate and timely safety action can be taken.
A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.
|Date:||11 May 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||18:15 AEST||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Rockhampton Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Loading related|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||2nd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Fairchild Industries Inc|
|Type of operation||Air Transport Low Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Rockhampton, Queensland|