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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190646
Last updated: 21 November 2021
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Time:10:10 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee
Owner/operator:Sky Africa
Registration: ZS-FAI
MSN: 28-10906
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Manzengwenya Airfield
Destination airport:Brakpan-Benoni (FABB)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
On 13 October 2016 at approximately 0915Z, the private pilot (PPL) accompanied by a passenger who were both German Nationals, took off from Manzengwenya airfield in KwaZulu-Natal on a private flight to Brakpan-Benoni aerodrome (FABB) in Gauteng. The chef at the lodge that transported the pilot and passenger to the aircraft stated that the pilot requested him to activate his “Go Pro” camera for him whilst he was busy with the pre-flight inspection and secured the baggage in the aircraft. The pilot also requested him to wait at the airfield for approximately 30 minutes after they took off, in case he elected to turn back to the Manzengwenya airfield.
However, en-route to Brakpan-Benoni aerodrome, the aircraft was involved in an in-flight breakup in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) in the vicinity of the Jozini dam in KwaZulu-Natal near the Mozambique border. The pilot and the passenger were fatally injured during the accident sequence. The aircraft was destroyed by a post impact fire that erupted following impact with the ground.
The investigation revealed that the pilot entered into IMC conditions and subsequently became disorientated and lost control of the aircraft. In an attempt to regain control the left wing separated due to upward static overload which led to an inflight break up.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

13-Oct-2016 20:03 gerard57 Added
14-Oct-2016 08:34 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
14-Oct-2016 14:39 flyingdutchman Updated [Registration, Operator, Source]
14-Oct-2016 15:27 Iceman 29 Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative, Photo, ]
15-Oct-2016 07:30 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
15-Oct-2016 11:52 Anon. Updated [Operator]
28-Feb-2018 20:22 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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