Accident Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia VH-ANB, Monday 22 March 2010
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Date:Monday 22 March 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia
Registration: VH-ANB
MSN: 120116
Year of manufacture:1988
Total airframe hrs:32799 hours
Cycles:33700 flights
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW) -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN)
Destination airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An Embraer 120ER Brasilia turboprop plane, registered VH-ANB, was destroyed in a takeoff accident at Darwin Airport, NT (DRW), Australia. Both pilots were killed.
The EMB-120 prepared to take off from the taxiway E2 intersection of runway 29. The flight was a training flight to revalidate the captain's command instrument rating. The supervisory pilot/training captain advised the aerodrome controller that the departure would incorporate asymmetric flight (a simulated engine failure), and was approved by the controller to perform the manoeuvre.
Witnesses reported that the takeoff appeared 'normal' until a few moments after becoming airborne, when the aircraft rolled and diverged left from its takeoff path. They watched as the aircraft continued rolling left, and entered a steep nose-down attitude. The airplane impacted the ground in a right wing-low, nose-down attitude of about 65 degrees. A high intensity, fuel-fed fire that followed the collision with the ground destroyed most of the fuselage and cabin and right wing.

- The pilot in command initiated a simulated left engine failure just after becoming airborne and at a speed that did not allow adequate margin for error.
- The pilot in command simulated a failure of the left engine by selecting flight idle instead of zero thrust, thereby simulating a simultaneous failure of the left engine and its propeller autofeather system, instead of a failure of the engine alone.
- The pilot under check operated the aircraft at a speed and attitude (bank angle) that when uncorrected, resulted in a loss of control.
- The pilot under check increased his workload by increasing torque on the right engine and selecting the yaw damper.
- The pilot in command probably became preoccupied and did not abandon the simulated engine failure after the heading and speed tolerance for the manoeuvre were exceeded and before control of the aircraft was lost.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Report number: AO-2010-019
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Download report: Final report


Two pilots killed in Darwin plane crash (Nationwide News, 22-3-2010)
ATSB Report AO-2010-019



photo (c) ATSB; Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN); 22 March 2010

photo (c) ATSB; Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN); 22 March 2010

photo (c) ATSB; Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN); 22 March 2010

photo (c) ATSB; Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN); 22 March 2010

photo (c) ATSB; Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN); 22 March 2010

photo (c) ATSB; Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN); 22 March 2010

photo (c) Ramon Vila; Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN); 01 April 2005

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