Investigation number
AO-2022-055
Occurrence date
Location
Canberra Airport
State
Australian Capital Territory
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Evidence collection
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Aircraft preparation
Occurrence category
Serious Incident
Highest injury level
Minor
Anticipated completion

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an aircraft preparation occurrence involving a SAAB 340B, registration VH-VEQ at Canberra Airport, ACT on 10 November 2022.

A strap that was not removed from the propeller blade prior to flight penetrated the fuselage of the aircraft during take-off and a passenger received minor injuries. The aircraft sustained minor damage.

As part of the investigation, ATSB investigators will interview the flight crew, other involved persons, review recorded data, operator procedures and collect other relevant evidence.

 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. 

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Canberra Airport, Australian Capital Territory
Destination
Sydney Airport, New South Wales
Model
SAAB 340B
Serial number
340B-424
Sector
Turboprop
Registration
VH-VEQ
Operation type
Part 121 Air transport operations - larger aeroplanes
Damage
Minor
Manufacturer
Saab Aircraft Co.
Aircraft Operator
Link Airways on behalf of Virgin Australia