Thruster T600N 450, G-CCUZ, 20 March 2011
Thruster T600N 450, G-CCUZ
The propeller and hub assembly separated from the aircraft shortly after takeoff. The pilot completed a successful forced landing in an adjacent field. Examination revealed that all of the propeller flange mounting screws had failed. Some of the screws showed evidence of having fractured some time before the propeller finally separated. Two previous, similar propeller attachment failures on this aircraft type were reported on in AAIB bulletins; both had resulted from fatigue failures of the corresponding screws. These were on aircraft G-EVEY on 26 October 2009 and G-CBWJ on 2 August 2010. On 20 May 2011 the UK Civil Aviation Authority published an Emergency Mandatory Permit Directive applicable to all Thruster T600 aircraft having Jabiru 2200A engines driving two-bladed ground-adjustable Warp Drive propellers of 64-inch nominal diameter. This required replacement of the flange to crankshaft screws on reaching 500 hours operating life, within 5 flight hours for those having lives between 500 and 1,000 hours, and before further flight on those having exceeded 1,000 hrs life.
Thruster T600N 450, G-CCUZ 08-11.pdf (224.26 kb)
Published: 10 December 2014
Date of occurrence: 20 March 2011