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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 241172
Last updated: 17 January 2022
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Time:15:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic KFAB model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kitplanes for Africa Bushbaby
Registration: ZU-BEA
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Plot 49 Klerksdorp -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Plot 49 Klerksdorp
Destination airport:Plot 49 Klerksdorp
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The pilot and the passenger on-board a Bushbaby aircraft with registration mark ZU-BEA departed Plot 49 Airstrip in Klerksdorp on a private flight to show the passenger some animals on the farm, and thereafter, return to the same airstrip.
The entire segment of the flight was uneventful, and the aircraft was routed back to the airstrip after an hour.
The pilot reported that after touch down during the landing roll, the left-hand main landing gear axle broke off inside the wheel bearing area. As a result, the gear strut dug into the ground and the aircraft nosed over, coming to rest in an inverted position.
The aircraft was substantially damaged, and the pilot and the passenger sustained minor injuries.

The investigation revealed that the left-hand main landing gear axle failed due to fatigue possibly caused by a pre-existing crack on the wheel assembly in-board bearing area.
he failure could be attributed to a possibility that over time, the main landing gear axle could have been exposed to hard landings, which may have resulted in the overstress fracture of the left-hand main landing gear axle and, hence, the subsequent separation of the left main landing gear axle.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

11-Sep-2020 14:08 harro Added

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