REGIONAL Express and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have refuted reports the engine of one of its planes caught fire on a flight from Sydney to Merimbula (TD 30 Aug).
Peter Gibson of CASA has stated reports of a fire in the right engine are probably explained by passengers seeing sparks but, “observations this morning don’t show the presence of fire”, a claim supported by the airline.
Rex said in a statement its Saab 340 operating the flight experienced a cockpit sensor alert associated with the engine in question and the flight crew conducted “the applicable checklist actions which included an engine shut down”.
“Upon completion of all the checklist actions, the cockpit sensor alert ceased.
“The aircraft landed safely and without any further incident at Merimbula Airport at 8.42pm.”