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On 5 February 2006, a Cessna 208 float plane, registered VH-KLP, powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114 turboprop engine, departed from Strahan, Tasmania on a chartered tourist flight over Frenchman's Cap with one pilot and ten passengers on board. An engine gearbox chip detector light illuminated at about 4,500 ft above mean sea level and the pilot diverted the flight for an emergency landing. About 5 minutes later, a loud noise was heard and the engine lost power. The pilot feathered the propeller and carried out a forced landing on Lake Burbury. The pilot reported that the aircraft landed heavily and its forward speed could not be controlled. The aircraft came to a stop on a mud bank on the edge of Lake Burbury with its floats clear of the water. There were no reported injuries. The NTSB witnessed the engine teardown at Dallas Airmotive, Dallas Texas at the request of the ATSB IIC.

This incident is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). For further information, contact:

Eric Blankenstein, IIC
Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square
Canberra A.C.T. 2608
Australia

Tel.: (61) 2 6274-6464
(61) 2 6257-4150
E-mail: atsbinfo@atsb.gov.au
Fax: (61) 2 6274-6474
AFTN: ASCOYLYX
Website: http://www.atsb.gov.au

The ATSB case number for this event is 200600563.

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for, or released by, the Government of Australia.

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