I read with interest this week that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has commenced an investigation into a 'loading event' involving a Toll Freight Aviation Metro III Expeditor VH-UZI at Rockhampton Airport last Wednesday 6 August.
The ATSB states that: "During the take-off, the pilot was unable to apply sufficient back pressure on the control column to rotate the aircraft. The pilot received an ‘out of trim’ warning and rejected the take-off. A subsequent review of the freight weight and balance revealed that the load sheet was incorrect. An initial post-incident inspection found the trim system cockpit indications were inaccurate."
Local plane spotter 'IAD' captured the photo above of VH-UZI at Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 7 August showing it clearly receiving some attention near one of the maintenance hangars on the General Aviation (GA) side of the Airport. VH-UZI later departed Rocky for Brisbane where it hasn't been seen in the air since.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information. A report will be released within several months.
Photo taken by 'IAD' ©