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Further investigation into Trislander engine failure

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INTERNATIONAL air safety watchdogs are to launch an investigation into whether the failure of a Trislander engine last year presents a risk for similar aircraft across the world.

INTERNATIONAL air safety watchdogs are to launch an investigation into whether the failure of a Trislander engine last year presents a risk for similar aircraft across the world.

The inquiry, by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the UK Civil Aviation Authority, stems from the newly released Air Accident Investigation Board's report into the engine failure of a Trislander travelling from Alderney to Southampton on 27 March last year.

Investigating AAIB officers found that there had been six previous incidents where the pilot of a Trislander, or its sister model the Islander, had not been able to 'feather' the propeller after engine failure.

The report concluded that, as both types of aircraft are still used worldwide in a public transport role, further investigation was needed into whether there was a link between engine and propeller feathering difficulties and the threat it could pose to safety.

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