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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20400
Last updated: 5 June 2020
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Time:09:24 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-6
Registration: ZU-APF
C/n / msn: 21412
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Alverstone Area, KZN -   South Africa
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:FAPM (Pietermatritzburg/Oribi)
Destination airport:Alverstone Area, KZN
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The RV-6 collided with power lines on final approach and crashed. Another RV ahead of the accident aircraft experienced a high sink rate on finals and did a go-around. The pilot, Noel Drew, suffered back injuries and was admitted to St Augustine's Hospital in Durban. He was released from hospital the following day and will make a full recovery. He stated: "Some credit for survival must go to aircraft design and 5 point seat belt."

Probable Cause
The aircraft collided with the power lines and Telkom lines and crashed due to too low flying and too shallow approach by the pilot.
Contributing factor:
The pilot failed to see the power lines.


1. Pilot pulled from crumpled plane

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Alverstone, June 1, 2008

Alverstone, June 1, 2008

Revision history:

01-Jun-2008 12:15 Topaz Added
01-Jun-2008 15:23 Topaz Updated
02-Jun-2008 02:13 Topaz Updated
04-Jun-2008 11:37 david.rijntjies@sant Updated
20-Jun-2008 23:55 Topaz Updated
20-Jun-2008 23:57 Topaz Updated
14-Aug-2008 23:16 Noeldrew Updated
24-Oct-2008 14:14 Topaz Updated
25-Oct-2008 02:04 Topaz Updated
04-Mar-2017 07:34 junior sjc Updated [Destination airport, Narrative, Plane category]

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