Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Saab 340B, Regional Express Airlines, VH-RXS: Incident occurred March 23, 2017 in Dubbo, Australia

NTSB Identification: ENG17WA019
Incident occurred Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Dubbo, Australia
Aircraft: SAAB 340, registration:
Injuries: 26 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On March 23, 2017, a Saab 340B, registered in Australia as VH-RXS, had an in-flight shutdown of the right engine, a General Electric CT7-9B. During the climb, the crew detected abnormal turbine temperatures and vibrations from the right engine. The crew shut down the engine and the airplane returned to Dubbo, Australia. The examination of the engine after the airplane landed revealed damage to the stage 4 turbine blades.


The investigation of this incident is under the jurisdiction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. This report is for informational purposes only and contains information released by or obtained from the Government of Australia.


Further information pertaining to this incident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
PO Box 967
Civic Square ACT 2608
Tel: +61 2 6257 4150
Website: http://www.atsb.gov.au
Email: atsbinfo@atsb.gov.au

Aviation safety investigation and report: http://www.atsb.gov.au

Engine failure or malfunction involving SAAB 340, VH-RXS, near Dubbo, NSW, on March 23, 2017

Investigation number: AO-2017-034
Investigation status: Active
Investigation in progress

Summary:   The ATSB is investigating an engine malfunction involving a Regional Express (Rex) SAAB 340, VH-RXS, near Dubbo, New South Wales, on March 23, 2017.

After departure, the flight crew observed unusual indications and detected vibrations from the right engine. The flight crew shut the engine down and returned to Dubbo. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained damage to the engine.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew and gather additional information.

A report will be released within several months.

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