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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74576
Last updated: 25 July 2020
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Time:12:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VL3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aveko VL-3 Flamingo
Registration: ZU-VDW
C/n / msn: 30
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Bela-Bela, Limpopo -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:FARG (Rustenburg)
Destination airport:FARG (Rustenburg)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The aircraft was participating in the President's Trophy Air Race, an annual event, when it was seen to break up in flight. The event was witnessed by at least one following aircraft.

Probable Cause(s)
Wing flutter was considered to be the main cause of the wing failure.
Contributing factor(s):
1 Exceeding the design envelope of the aircraft.
2 Poor airmanship.

Sources: (photo)

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


Rustenburg, May 29, 2010 - 11:48AM

Revision history:

29-May-2010 09:21 Topaz Added
29-May-2010 10:17 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2010 02:17 Topaz Updated [Operator, Narrative]
18-Dec-2011 09:30 ZU-VDW Updated [Narrative]
03-Jan-2015 17:43 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
20-Sep-2015 16:53 Darrell Lush Updated [Narrative]
23-Aug-2017 16:43 harro Updated [Operator]
21-May-2018 19:18 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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