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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215494
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Time:08:20 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Comco Ikarus C42B
Owner/operator:Grace Air
Registration: ZU-EVW
MSN: 0710-6920
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bethlehem, Free State -   South Africa
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Bethlehem Aerodrome (FABM)
Destination airport:Bethlehem Aerodrome (FABM)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The pilot accompanied by a passenger departed from Kroonstad Aerodrome (FAKS) on an agricultural survey flight and landed at Bethlehem Aerodrome (FABM) after being airborne for three hours and twelve minutes (3.2 hours). The aircraft was parked on the northern apron area, where the ground support team refuelled the aircraft with 35 litres in each tank (70 litres in total). After being on the ground for some time the pilot and passenger boarded the aircraft for the second survey flight of the day with the intension to land back at FABM where they would overnight.
The pilot elected to use runway 11 for take-off and taxied to the intersection, which was 82m from the threshold. The prevailing surface wind at the time was 328 at 7.4kt gusting 10.7kt. This information was obtained from the South African Weather Services, which had a weather station on the aerodrome. From video footage that was obtained from a fixed camera that was installed at one of the aircraft maintenance facilities on the aerodrome, the aircraft can be seen to rotate approximately 262m from where it commenced with the takeoff roll. Following rotation, the aircraft yawed to the left, it then disappeared for a period of six seconds behind an obstruction before it impacted with the ground in steep nose down attitude. Shortly after impact smoke emerged from the engine nacelle and shortly thereafter a post impact fire erupted. Thick black smoke could then be seen blowing in a south-easterly direction. Several people that were working on the aerodrome rushed to the scene, some with portable fire extinguishers which they used to try and contain the fire. The two occupants survived the accident but sustained serious burn wounds.
Both occupants succumbed to their injuries within 24-hours following the accident.

The investigation determined that the aircraft took-off with a tail wind component. Once airborne and ground effect had dissipated the aircraft stalled and impacted with the ground.


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

Revision history:

19-Sep-2018 12:08 gerard57 Added
19-Sep-2018 17:44 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Sep-2018 17:48 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Plane category]
20-Sep-2018 11:27 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities]
20-Sep-2018 11:27 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Phase, Narrative]
26-Oct-2018 19:10 harro Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2019 11:08 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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