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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 244356
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Time:10:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic KFAB model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Kitplanes for Africa Bushbaby
Registration: ZU-EPK
MSN: 014
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Howick, Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal -   South Africa
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Evaís Field
Destination airport:Light Flight Airstrip
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A pilot (co-owner of the aircraft) and a passenger on-board a Bushbaby aircraft with registration ZU-EPK took off from KwaZulu-Natalís Light Flight Airstrip to Evaís Field, also in KwaZulu-Natal. The intention for this flight was for the other co-owner of the aircraft, who is also a pilot and an Approved Person (AP), to carry out an annual inspection on the day. The flight was uneventful.
After the annual inspection was completed, the pilot and his passenger prepared to depart Evaís Field back to the Light Flight Airstrip. The initial start-up of the engine sounded rough, and the pilot decided to shut down the engine. The AP then opened the cowlings and removed the spark plugs for cleaning and re-gapping. The aircraft was started up again, and it sounded well. The aircraft was then taxied close to the threshold of runway 18 for take-off. Once airborne, the pilot made a sharp left turn. During this sequence, an eyewitness stated that he heard the engine misfire and moments later, the left wing dropped; the pilot seemed unable to correct the aircraft (recover), and the aircraft continued in the left roll whilst losing height in what seemed like a teardrop turn to return to the airstrip.
The pilot and the passenger were fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed in the accident sequence.

Probable Cause and Contributory Factors
It is probable that the engine stopped due to fuel exhaustion after the initial climb and the pilot lost control of the aircraft after making a sharp left turn; he failed to recover the aircraft and, subsequently, impacted the ground in the valley.
Contributing factor
Fuel mismanagement.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

24-Oct-2020 12:11 gerard57 Added
24-Oct-2020 12:25 gerard57 Updated [Location]
24-Oct-2020 15:02 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Plane category]
21-Apr-2022 07:26 harro Updated [[Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Plane category]]

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