Update on PC-9A aircraft incident
19 May 2011
Squadron Leader Bruce Collenette, a qualified flying instructor aged 45, remains in a satisfactory condition in hospital.
Flight Lieutenant Steve Andrews, a qualified pilot and instructor trainee aged 28, remains in a satisfactory condition, but has been transferred to Melbourne for further testing and specialist care.
Both are in good spirits.
Overnight, the details of their routine training flight have been confirmed. The crew were undertaking a routine training flight. On climb out of the airfield, the aircraft lost power approximately 9 kilometres from the airfield and turned back towards East Sale.
Power could not be restored to the engine, so the crew followed the engine shutdown procedures checklist. The crew did not have sufficient glide potential to reach the runway, so ejected from the aircraft in line with standing procedures.
Their response was testament to their high level skills and training. Air Force is providing support to them and their families, and wishes them a speedy recovery.
Kate Kennedy, Regional Manager, Public Affairs, VIC - 0418 399 780
Defence Media Operations – 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664