The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has commenced a transport safety investigation into an engine power loss and forced landing involving Pilatus Britten-Norman Islander BN-2A VH-WQA, at Moa Island, Queensland on 3 October 2022, with a pilot and 6 passengers on board.
The pilot reported that while conducting a charter flight from Saibai Island to Horn Island, both engines began to surge and loose power. The pilot diverted the aircraft towards Kubin Airport, on Moa Island, and conducted a forced landing east of the airport.
The aircraft was substantially damaged, with the tail separating from the fuselage during the landing.
As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will examine information from the accident site, operator procedures, and interview involved parties.
A report will be published 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.