A regional passenger plane has made an emergency landing at Sydney Airport after a propeller reportedly fell off during approach.
The Regional Express flight from Albury to Sydney – carrying 16 passengers and three crew – made an emergency call on Friday afternoon when it was on approach about 20 kilometres from the airport.
Gibson said the propeller had not yet been located, but urged Sydney residents to contact the authorities if it was discovered.
“It’s important because the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will need to look at the damage to that to get a full understanding of what happened. If anybody finds it, they should contact the police in the first instance.”
He said the incident was “very, very unusual” and that the bureau had tasked three investigators with assessing the cause of the accident.
“We don’t have any idea at this stage why the propeller should separate from the engine. It’s very early at this point but Casa will be getting detailed reports from Rex about what the pilots observed and the preliminary engineers’ review”.
He said there were no indications yet that other Saab 340s were at risk or should be suspended from flying.
According to the ABC, the propellor detached at 6,000 feet, with the flight deck describing it as “just shed[ding] off” on air traffic logs.
“REX768 we’ve just had *inaudible* engine operations and our propeller has just shed off,” a pilot told controllers.
“We’ve got normal controls, still be able to fly would require 1-6 right and we should be able to conduct a precautionary landing.”
While none were injured, the passengers were offered counselling at Sydney airport.