The ATSB has commenced a transport safety investigation into an interrupted engine start and subsequent evacuation involving SAAB 340B, registration VH-ZRK, at Melbourne Airport, Victoria, on 5 April 2022.
The aircraft was preparing for departure at Melbourne Airport for a scheduled passenger flight to King Island with 3 crew and 23 passengers on board. The flight crew reported that, during the engine start, ground staff signalled the possibility of fire/smoke coming from the left engine. The flight crew shut down both engines, discharged the left engine fire extinguisher and ordered an evacuation.
As a result of the evacuation, one passenger received a minor injury. The operator subsequently advised the ATSB that there was no indication of an engine failure or damage prior to or at the time of the occurrence.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the crew and examine recorded data.
A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||05 April 2022||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||14:52 AUS Eastern Standard Time||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Melbourne Airport||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2022|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Saab Aircraft Co.|
|Operator||Regional Express Pty Limited|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Unknown|
|Departure point||Melbourne Airport|
|Destination||King Island Airport|