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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211277
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900
Registration: VH-AFR
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Coffs Harbour Airport (YCFS), Coffs Harbour, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:YCFS
Destination airport:
Whilst taxiing for a night departure, the right propeller was struck by a large bird, resulting in the separation of one propeller blade. The ensuing vibration caused substantial damage to the engine mountings and firewall, before the engine could be shut down.

A technical analysis determined that the blade had failed in overload about 15cms from the blade root whilst the propeller was in fine pitch. There was no evidence of any pre-existing cracking or defects in the area which may have contributed to the failure.

The blade had completed 10,228 hours of operation since new and 3,805 hours since last overhaul. The aircraft records indicated that there were no outstanding maintenance requirements on the propeller. The blade complied with all propeller certification requirements.

Witnesses described the bird carcass as that of a Brolga. This species grows to a height of 0.7 to 1.3 metres with a mass of 10 to 15 kilograms.


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21-May-2018 08:30 Pineapple Added

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