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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 248165
Last updated: 1 January 2022
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Time:06:15 UTC
Type:Bantam B22J
Registration: ZU-DJU
MSN: 04-0244
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:5nm SE of Pietersburg Civil Aerodrome (FAPI) -   South Africa
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Pietersburg Airport (PTG/FAPI)
Destination airport:Pietersburg Airport (PTG/FAPI)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
A pilot and a passenger on-board a Bantam B22J aircraft with registration ZU-DJU took off on a private flight from Runway (RWY) 08 at Pietersburg Civil Aerodrome (FAPI) in Limpopo province with the intention to return to the same aerodrome. The flight was conducted under visual flight rules (VFR) by day in visual meteorological conditions (VMC).
The pilot reported that whilst flying the aircraft at a height of approximately 900 feet (ft) above ground level (AGL) south of FAPI, the aircraft engine started to lose power. The pilot attempted to restore power to 2800 revolutions per minute (rpm) without success. The aircraft lost altitude and he elected to execute a forced landing on a bushy terrain; however, the aircraft collided with trees during the landing sequence and sustained substantial damage. The pilot shut down the aircraft engine after the forced landing. The two occupants on-board the aircraft did not sustain any injuries.
Post-accident inspection of the aircraft revealed that it had enough fuel. There was no evidence of engine failure or damage prior to the accident; the damage on the airframe was due to the impact force.

Probable cause/s and/or contributory factors
The aircraft experienced engine power loss while climbing to 900ft AGL, resulting in the pilot being unable to maintain the aircraft’s altitude. The pilot attempted to carry out a forced landing, however, the aircraft impacted the trees. The cause of engine power loss could not be determined.



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

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