tarmacrat is certainly asking a few questions...suspect a reporter?
In this particular incident it was a Q400 (although the Classics have had their speight of engine coughs too). As to the exact number, not too sure. The prop overspeed appears to be the case from the information I've been given. There was a PEC caution light (whether it was one or two again not sure).
The Q400 has pretty much everything run by computer and diagnostic systems. Should it spit the dummy, it will certainly let you know about it!
Reasons for the amount that the Company has experienced I suppose could be a myriad of different possibilities. The most obvious is the EXTREME lack of engineering support out of some ports, especially Brisbane. During the LAMEs EBA 'dispute' the Company decided to cut off their nose to spite their own face and effectively close down the Brisbane engineering base. This mind you is the biggest Dash base in Australia. A certain manager (PL), has since 'persued other interests within the business' as a result of this complete disaster which the current (new) management have suggested to have cost them A LOT.
What are the managers doing about it? Surprisingly a bit. JG is aware of the lack of infrastructure and is underway in building up the support required. However you can't disagree that it's too little too late by removing all that knowledge that the engineers had when they were effectively sacked.
And the pilot group are being exposed to more single engine scenarios in their sims
Curious that the cabin was 'silent' with a suspected DOUBLE prop overspeed, either the NVS was working really
well or some pax are telling porkies. A prop that has oversped isn't exactly quiet, let alone both props going tango uniform!
Hope that helps, more contributions warmly welcomed...