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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232292
Last updated: 11 September 2020
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Date:20-JAN-2020
Time:16:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic G164 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-164A Ag-Cat
Owner/operator:Platorand Lugbespuiting
Registration: ZS-IRW
C/n / msn: 984
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Doornkop Township, Middelburg, Mpumalanga -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Middelburg (Transvaal) (FAMB)
Destination airport:Middelburg (Transvaal) (FAMB)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Narrative:
The pilot on-board a Grumman G-164A aircraft with registration ZS-IRW took off from Middelburg Aerodrome (FAMB) on a crop spraying exercise over a farm in Doornkop area. Two full loads of chemicals were uplifted and sprayed over the farm without incident; thereafter, the aircraft returned to base to uplift the third load. After uplifting the third load, the aircraft took off to the Doornkop farm again. The first and second crop spraying patterns were uneventful, but during the initiation of a climb for the third spray pattern at about 50 feet above ground level (AGL), the engine lost power and stopped.
The pilot instantly dumped the remaining chemical load to lighten the aircraft’s weight and initiated a forced landing on an open field. The aircraft landed on a soft muddy terrain on an open field, and it flipped over. The aircraft was substantially damaged during the landing sequence; however, the pilot was not injured.

The investigation revealed that the engine stopped because of the failed impeller bearing and broken impeller gear which caused the supercharger to malfunction.

Sources:

https://mobserver.co.za/108096/young-pilot-survives-crop-spraying-plane-crash/
https://showme.co.za/middelburg/tourism/general-information-for-middelburg-airfield-famb/
http://www.platorand.com/index.php

http://www.caa.co.za/Occurence%20Reports/January%202020.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report
Location


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2020 19:16 Geno Added
29-Feb-2020 14:19 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]

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