Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cessna 441 Conquest II, VH-LBY: Incident occurred March 02, 2018 in Broome, Western Australia

Skippers Aviation: 

NTSB Identification: ENG18RA018

14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Incident occurred Friday, March 02, 2018 in Broome, Australia, Australia
Aircraft: CESSNA 441, registration:
Injuries: 10 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has notified the NTSB of an incident involving a Cessna 441 which occurred on March 2, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the ATSB investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of design and manufacture of the airplane.

All investigative information will be released by the ATSB.

A light plane has made an emergency landing on the Great Northern Highway near Broome, in Western Australia's Kimberley region.

The ABC has been told there were 10 people onboard the Skippers Aviation plane when it encountered trouble after leaving Halls Creek at 3:00pm on Friday.

The aircraft was en route to Broome via Fitzroy Crossing at the time.

A passenger on board reported hearing an alarm sound and said they believed one of the plane's engines failed and the other engine was having troubles.

The plane then reportedly glided towards the highway.

No injuries were reported.

Broome Police Sergeant Kevin Hall said the pilot made a Mayday call to Broome Airport before landing on the highway near Roebuck Plains

"For himself and the nine passengers he's put the plane down on the road and made a safe landing," he said.

The ABC has been told one woman on the plane, fearing the worst, texted family members saying she loved them.

Oli Knoth, who drove past the scene, said it was a rare sight.

"We just thought it was a major accident at first but everyone was outside, so we assumed they were OK," Mr Knoth said.

The passengers were transported by bus to Broome Airport.

Engineers are working to determine the cause of the engine problems.

Original article can be found here ➤

Air safety experts are investigating why both engines on an aircraft carrying nine passengers failed and forced an emergency landing on Great Northern Highway on Friday afternoon, about 39km east of Broome International Airport.

The Skippers Aviation Cessna Conquest left Halls Creek about 3pm and the pilot later made a mayday call to the tower at BIA, reporting engine problems.

The plane touched down safely on the national highway and police later closed the road from Sandfire to Roebuck Plains Roadhouse.

No one was injured and there was no reported damage to the aircraft.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau today confirmed it was investigating a dual engine failure and forced landing of the Cessna 441, VH-LBY.

An ATSB spokesman said during descent into Broome airport, the right then left engines began to surge.

“The pilot shut down the right engine and made a mayday call. Shortly after, the left engine failed and the pilot conducted a forced landing on the Great Northern Highway,” the spokesman said.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and obtain engineering information.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority confirmed it was also in the process of gathering detailed information.

“We will certainly be having a good in depth look at why it happened and any actions that may need to be taken to prevent this type of incident happening again,” CASA said.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. "Engineers are working to determine the cause of the engine problems."

    Fuel exhaustion isn't an engine problem.