Saturday, May 6, 2017

ATSB Final Report Released into Runway Undershoot Involving Metro II VH-SSV at Theodore Airport in November 2016

The Australia Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has recently released its final report into a runway undershoot incident at Theodore Airport on Wednesday 23 November 2016 involving Altitude Flight Operations (New South Wales) Brisbane-based Metro II VH-SSV.

VH-SSV at Bundaberg Airport recently  (File photo)

VH-SSV departed from Brisbane Airport for a passenger charter flight to Theodore Airport carrying five passengers and one pilot.

The report found that:  "When VH-SSV arrived at Theodore, the aircraft joined the circuit on the downwind leg for runway 17. The pilot turned the aircraft through the base leg of the circuit onto the final approach at about 1,400ft. In the early stages of the final approach, the pilot noticed the aircraft sink, so they increased power slightly to compensate and by mid final they were satisfied the aircraft was stable on the desired approach path profile. On short final, the pilot noticed the aircraft sink again, so they pulled back on the elevator control and started to increase power, but the main wheels touched down just prior to the runway threshold and impacted with a runway light.

"After parking the aircraft on the apron, a passenger reported to the pilot that the right wing was leaking fuel. On inspection, the pilot found a puncture to the underside of the right wing, just outboard from the right engine nacelle, which had breached the fuel tank. They concluded it was probably the result of debris from the damaged runway light flicked up by the right main wheel tyre. There were no injuries and the aircraft received minor damage.

"The operator conducted an internal investigation into the incident. Following their investigation, additional type-specialist training was provided to the incident pilot, which included ground training and flights into different airports and runway environments before the pilot was returned to line flying operations."

Read the full report from the ATSB website HERE.

Read our referring Blog post HERE.

Photo taken by Micah S  ©

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