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Last updated: 19 January 2022
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Date:mardi 6 mars 1962
Heure:14:15
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3)
Compagnie:South African Airways - SAA
Immatriculation: ZS-DJC
Numéro de série: 32937/16189
Année de Fabrication: 1945
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Total:victimes: 2 / à bord: 7
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:11 km (6.9 milles) N of Seymour (   Afrique du Sud)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Grahamstown (FAGT), Afrique du Sud
Aéroport de destination:Queenstown Airport (UTW/FAQT), Afrique du Sud
Numéro de vol: 512
Détails:
The DC-3 passenger plane operated flight SA-512 from Cape Town to Collondale, South Africa with several intermediate stops.
According to the co-pilot the aircraft flew below the clouds at about 300-500 ft above the ground. It was the pilot-in-command's intention to fly through the Katberg Pass below cloud and as the aircraft approached the mountains the cloud ceiling became lower and the pilot was faced with a critical situation. He called for METO (maximum except takeoff) power and in an attempt to clear the hills the right wing first made contact with the trees and then the right engine propeller cut into the rising ground.
The aircraft came to rest against a rock face approximately 250 yd from the initial point of impact with the trees and approximately 500 ft from the top of the hill.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to an error of judgement on the part of the pilot-in-command who attempted low visual flight, beneath the cloud base, near mountains in deteriorating weather conditions."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (18-20)


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Grahamstown et Queenstown Airport est de 155 km (97 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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