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SAAB propeller found by police – Over to #casa

Propeller found according to The Australian.


 Missing REX propeller that sheared off plane mid-flight found in bushland
 Rex Airlines propeller found in Revesby Heights

A propeller that sheared off a Regional Express plane bound for Sydney mid-flight late last week has been found in bushland close to a residential area in the city’s southwest.

The REX SAAB 340 aircraft, carrying 16 passengers and three crew members, was forced to make an emergency landing at Sydney Airport after losing the propeller about 20kms from its destination.

A NSW police helicopter patrolling in Sydney’s southwest spotted the propeller in bushland on the outskirts of Revesby. They have established a crime scene where the propeller was found, which is near Georges River National Park and just kilometres from suburban homes.

The propeller will be a crucial piece of evidence in the Australian Traffic Safety Bureau’s investigation, which is looking into whether the incident was caused by metal fatigue or the failure of maintenance checks.

REX yesterday announced it has indefinitely grounded an extra five planes in the wake of the nearly disastrous air emergency.

The SAAB 340 which lost its propeller mid-flight, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Sydney Airport. Source: Twitter
The SAAB 340 which lost its propeller mid-flight, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Sydney Airport. Source: Twitter

REX warned there may be some disruption to its services in coming days and said it was grounding two freight and three passenger planes, in addition to the plane which was forced to make an emergency landing on Friday.

The five planes used propellers and gearboxes from the same series as those used in the plane involved in last week’s incident. None of the 16 passengers or three crew were hurt during the emergency landing.

Aviation experts have expressed how lucky it is that the propeller hurt anyone on the ground, and that the propeller didn’t spin inward after falling out of place and hit the body of the plane.

“REX has decided, by abundance of caution, to immediately remove from service and quarantine all propeller gear boxes and shafts of the same series as that of the incident for further inspection and testing if warranted,” the airline said in a statement yesterday.

A spokesman from the aircraft’s manufacturer, Swedish company SAAB, confirmed it was assisting Australian authorities with their lines of inquiry.

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