A propeller that fell off a Regional Express flight from Albury has been found in bushland near a residential area in Sydney’s south-west.
The 34-seat plane, carrying 16 passengers and three crew, was about 19 kilometres from Sydney Airport when its right-hand propeller flew off last Friday.
The two pilots on board flight ZL-768 from Albury were forced to declare a PAN, which is one step down from a full-scale Mayday, before safely landing at the airport.
On Tuesday, a NSW Police helicopter patrolling Sydney's south-west spotted the propeller in bushland at Revesby.
A crime scene has been set up at the location, just off The River Road.
"The propeller is believed to have detached from aircraft travelling from regional NSW to Sydney on Friday March 17," a police spokesperson confirmed.
"Police are now working with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to safely recover the item as inquiries into Friday's incident continue."
Regional Express has since announced that propeller gears and shafts from the same series as those on the Saab 340 plane would be removed from all its planes.