Thursday, August 14, 2014

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Investigating Loading Event on Toll Metro VH-UZI at Rockhampton Airport

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'  ©

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