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Last updated: 28 February 2021
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 11 November 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8C model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q MPA
Operator:Surveillance Australia
On behalf of:Australian Border Force
Registration: VH-ZZE
C/n / msn: 640
First flight: 2006-12-11 (12 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123E
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW) (   Australia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
Destination airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
A DHC-8-300 maritime patrol aircraft, operating for the Australian Border Force, suffered an engine failure at Darwin Airport, Australia.
After applying take-off power and before brakes release, the aircraft’s number 2 engine (PW123E) failed. The take-off was aborted. According to the ATSB, the aircraft suffered substantial damage.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: AO-2019-060

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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