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Saab 340B, VH-RXX, Regional Express Airlines: Incident occurred August 29, 2019 at Merimbula Airport (MIM/YMER), Australia

NTSB Identification: ENG19RA033
Scheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Incident occurred Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Merimbula, Australia
Aircraft: SAAB 340, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) notified the NTSB of an incident involving a SAAB 340B airplane which occurred on August 29, 2019. 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 engines.


All investigative information will be released by the ATSB.





A Regional Express plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the NSW South Coast on Thursday night after one of the plane's engines caught fire during the flight, firefighters say.

Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called to Merimbula Airport about 8.15pm on Thursday after receiving an emergency call that one of the Saab 340 aircraft's engines had been disabled in a blaze.

The plane had originally taken off in Sydney at 6.45pm on Thursday and had landed as planned in Moruya, before the fire broke out on the second leg of the flight from Moruya to Merimbula.

About 20 passengers were believed to be on board Rex flight ZL139 at the time, as well as crew members. The plane landed safely, and no one was injured.

One passenger, Vicki Hodges, described it as "the most terrifying experience of my life".

"Engine blew up just out of Moruya so flew 40 minutes on one engine. The wonderful pilots got us home safely," she wrote on social media after the plane landed safely.

She also posted the praying emoji, writing: "Did a lot of this".

Flight radar images show the plane circled over the ocean, before landing at Merimbula Airport once emergency crews had assembled.

Fire and Rescue NSW's Eden branch confirmed the emergency response plan was enacted at the airport, and fire crews, NSW Ambulance and NSW Police were all at the scene as the plane landed.

"Emergency services were told prior to the plane landing [the] plane had an engine fire which had been extinguished by the pilots. The plane landed safely and landed as normal. None of the passengers or crew were injured," it said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for Regional Express confirmed in a statement that flight ZL139, operating from Sydney to Merimbula, "experienced a cockpit indication associated with the aircraft’s right engine en route to Merimbula.

"In accordance with company standard operating procedures, the pilots carried out the prescribed procedures and landed safely and without further incident at Merimbula airport at 8.42pm."

The safety regulator has been notified and given all available information, the spokeswoman said.

https://www.smh.com.au


A mechanical fault has been revealed as the cause of a mid-air scare which saw sparks shoot out of an engine on a regional flight.

The Regional Express VH RXX aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing with one engine at Merimbula Airport on the NSW South Coast last night.

After originally taking off from Sydney at 6.45pm, the plane landed in Moruya and was on the second leg of the flight to Merimbula when sparks were seen coming from the engine.

Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called at 8.15pm.

The 19 passengers and crew on board Rex flight ZL139 escaped without injury, with the plane safely landing after circling over the ocean for 40 minutes.

Passenger Vicki Hodges described the emergency as "the most terrifying experience of my life".

"Engine blew up just out of Moruya so flew 40 minutes on one engine. The wonderful pilots got us home safely," she wrote on social media after the emergency landing.

In 2017, another pilot managed to land the same flight with only one propeller, after the other flew off and was found near homes in Sydney's south west.

A Regional Express aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on the NSW South Coast last night after one of the plane's engines reportedly caught fire mid- flight.

Fire and Rescue NSW's Eden confirmed an emergency response plan was enacted at the airport.

"The plane had an engine fire which had been extinguished by the pilots. The plane landed safely and landed as normal. None of the passengers or crew were injured," it said in a statement.

REX has confirmed a cockpit sensor alert went off relating to the right engine.

"In accordance with the manufacturer's standard operating procedures, the flight crew conducted the applicable checklist actions which included an engine shut down," it said in a statement.

"Upon completion of all the checklist actions, the cockpit sensor alert ceased. The aircraft landed safely and without any further incident at Merimbula airport at 8.42 pm."


https://www.9news.com.au

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