Safety bureau in­ves­ti­gates Gibb River plane fire

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing a plane that was de­stroyed af­ter catch­ing fire on a sta­tion in WA’s re­mote North West are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Aus­tralian Trans­port Safety Bureau. The ATSB was ex­am­in­ing an en­gine fail­ure, which re­sulted in a fire on the ground in­volv­ing Gipp­s­land Aero­nau­tics GA-8 - VH-AJZ — in the Gibb River area of the Kim­ber­ley, be­tween Derby and Ku­nunurra, on April 22, 2017.

Dur­ing taxi af­ter land­ing, the en­gine failed.

While at­tempt­ing to restart the en­gine, the pi­lot ob­served smoke and flames com­ing from the front of the air­craft.

The pi­lot and pas­sen­gers evac­u­ated the air­craft. No one was in­jured but the air­craft was de­stroyed.

As part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the ATSB will in­ter­view the pi­lot and gather ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

A re­port will be re­leased within sev­eral months.

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