De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Series 311, G-NVSB
Shortly after take off from Manchester the No 2 (right) engine failed and subsequent attempts to feather the propeller were unsuccessful. The aircraft returned to Manchester where it made an uneventful landing. The No 1 propeller blade support bearing of the right propeller assembly had failed catastrophically, resulting in large imbalance loads through the engine. This led to the fracture of the Power Turbine (PT) shaft, and a consequent overspeed of the PTs, leading to the loss of the PT blades and an exhaust baffle plate from the rear of the engine. The failure of the propeller to feather was due to a ball from the failed bearing becoming jammed between the propeller blade root and the propeller hub. The origin of the bearing failure was not determined although metallurgic examination revealed that cracking had been occurring for a period of time. Six days prior to the incident, heavy vibration was reported but, as vibration survey equipment was not available at the time, the defect was deferred in accordance with the aircraft operator’s technical instruction. When vibration survey equipment was fitted, it was set up incorrectly and a full vibration survey was not carried out prior to the incident flight. Two safety recommendations are made.
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Date of occurrence: 9 August 2005