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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240518
Last updated: 20 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172F Skyhawk
Owner/operator: Mach 1 Aviation Academy
Registration: ZS-OET
MSN: 17253141
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Springs Airfield (FASI) -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Springs Airfield (FASI)
Destination airport:Springs Airfield (FASI)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The Cessna 172F aircraft with registration ZS-OET took off from Springs Aerodrome (FASI) on a night training flight at the same aerodrome. The flight instructor and the private pilot, who was the pilot flying (PF), were on-board the aircraft. The flight was conducted in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) at night.
The aircraft flew low on a left downwind for runway 03 with the intention to perform a glide approach
as the PF was under instruction for her night rating; the aircraft was then seen turning left towards the runway at base leg and, as the aircraft continued with the turn, the left wing impacted a tree, which was approximately 70 feet in height. Following impact with the tree, the PF lost control of the aircraft and rotated 360 to the left before impacting terrain in an upright position.
The aircraft was destroyed during the accident sequence; the flight instructor was seriously injured, and the
PF was fatally injured.
It was established that the night training flight was not conducted according to the stipulated circuit height of
1000 feet as prescribed in the Aviation Training Organisation (ATO) training manual. It was also established that there was nothing wrong with the aircraft or engine systems, and all damage was attributed to the accident sequence.

Probable Cause
The left wing of the aircraft impacted a tree while turning left base for Runway 03 and the pilot (PF) lost control of the aircraft.
Contributing Factors:
(1) The crew deviated from the ATO training procedures by not flying at the circuit height stipulated in their
training manual.
(2) Inadequate in-flight supervision by the instructor during the night circuit training flight.

Sources: (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

6 Oct 2015 ZS-OET Runway Zero Six (pty) ltd 0 Rand Airport Germiston sub


Revision history:

27-Aug-2020 06:34 gerard57 Added
27-Aug-2020 06:53 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
27-Aug-2020 11:03 Notarhelicopters Updated [Source]
27-Aug-2020 11:29 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
27-Aug-2020 14:25 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Source]
17-Oct-2021 10:25 harro Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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