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Gotcha! ASTB tracks down propeller from Rex flight

March 23, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The propeller which came loose and flew off the right engine of a Regional Express (Rex) SAAB 340 as it approached Sydney Airport earlier this week has been found and recovered for investigation.

The detached propeller was located by NSW Police. The turboprop aircraft has two engines, each with a propeller. The pilots reportedly  noticed a vibration in one engine and were in the process of shutting it down, leaving the aircraft to fly on the other one. Suddenly the propeller of the faulty engine came loose and flew off across the wing and plummeted to earth. See: Propeller comes off Rex plane as it approaches Sydney

Regional Express grounded five of its 55 SAAB 340B aircraft after the mishap, in addition to the one involved in the incident, ABC News reported. The airline is reported to own 55 of the aircraft type.

ATSB senior transport safety investigators Aaron Holman (left) and Max Marton with the SAAB 340 propeller The propeller assembly detached from the engine on a flight from Albury to Sydney on 17 March. Source: ATSB

The four-bladed, 100kg propeller was located by NSW Police helicopter PolAir1 in an area of bushland near Revesby in Sydney’s south-west. The propeller was lifted to a nearby field using a PolAir helicopter.

It was then taken by truck for storage at a NSW Police Aviation Support Branch facility at Bankstown where ATSB investigators will continue their investigation into the incident.

Since the propeller assembly detached from the engine on a flight from Albury to Sydney on 17 March, the ATSB has been calculating its likely trajectory, using data from the aircraft’s flight data recorder. The ATSB said the propeller was located in an area broadly consistent with its calculations.

The ATSB investigation team will examine the propeller assembly to work out how it detached from the aircraft.

Written by Peter Needham

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