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Datum:Mittwoch 7 November 2007
Zeit:ca 15:50
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-230
Fluggesellschaft:Nationwide Airlines
Kennzeichen: ZS-OEZ
Werknummer: 22118/704
Baujahr: 1981-01-09 (26 years 10 months)
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 106
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 112
Sachschaden: leicht beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Cape Town International Airport (CPT) (   Südafrika)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT), Südafrika
Flug nach:Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB/FAOR), Südafrika
A Boeing 737-230, operating as Nationwide flight 723, departed from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) on schedule at 15:50. During a takeoff from runway 01, the right-hand engine separated from the wing. During rotation the crew noticed a sudden spool down indication on all right-hand engine gauges, followed by drastic attitude changes. The aircraft was banking towards the left and right side, then started to sink and thereafter yawed to the right. The right-hand engine thrust lever retarded uncommanded and the reverse thrust warning light also illuminated and remained on. The crew managed to recover the aircraft from the uncommanded roll to both left and right and was able to establish a normal flight attitude. An emergency was then declared and the aircraft continued to climb and remained at an altitude of 3000 feet above mean sea level (AMSL), as it was vectored along the circuit by the ATC. The flight deck crew carried out one orbit with the aircraft prior to them receiving clearance to land on runway 01. A safe landing on runway 01 followed.

Probable Cause:

"The right-hand engine separated from the aircraft due to the failure of the aft cone bolt as a result of a pre-existing fatigue crack which was most likely caused by incorrect installation of the cone bolt."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: CA18/2/3/8383
Download report: Final report
Language: English

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CAA S.A. issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Boeing-737-230-ZS-OEZ
accident date: 07-11-2007
type: Boeing 737-230
registration: ZS-OEZ

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
09 JAN 1981 D-ABFH Lufthansa
02 JUN 1992 RC-CTC Croatia Airlines leased
09 JUL 1992 9A-CTC Croatia Airlines new registration
01 AUG 1999 ZS-OEZ Nationwide Air leased

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Cape Town International Airport to Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport as the crow flies is 1267 km (792 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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