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    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says a lack of lubrication was the most likely cause of an engine failure involving a Regional Express (Rex) Saab 340B on March 23 this year.

    The incident occurred shortly after the turboprop VH-RXS took off from Dubbo bound for Sydney carrying 26 passengers and three crew.

    When the aircraft was climbing through 4,300ft, the flightcrew “heard several bangs from the right engine accompanied by jolts through the aircraft”, the ATSB final report published on Monday said.

    This was accompanied by a burning smell in the flightdeck alongside cockpit master warnings.

    The pilots conducted a shutdown of the right hand engine, declared a PAN to air traffic control and requested emergency services at Dubbo Airport.

    They then completed standard failure management procedures before the captain conducted a visual approach back to Dubbo Airport, landing on Runway 05.

    Note the comment;

    "AlanH says

    September 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    This, along with the loss of a propeller above Camden. The Saab 340Bs are a terrific aircraft that have served Rex exceptionally well and certainly are a good “fit for purpose” for Rex operations, but they are getting long in the tooth. Perhaps Rex needs to look at updating its fleet sooner rather than later before a catastrophe occurs. ATR 42 perhaps"?

    In that case the prop actually landed in scrubland in Revesby, not far from my place.
    Last edited by fungus; 2017-09-20, 01:19.
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