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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 248490
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Time:07:54 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 182E Skylane
Owner/operator:Fountain Square Trading 235 CC
Registration: ZS-CUU
MSN: 18254072
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mariepskop Mountains -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Tzaneen-Letaba Airport (LTA/FATZ)
Destination airport:Nelspruit Airport (NLP/FANS)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On Thursday morning, 4 March 2021, the pilot arrived at Tzaneen Aerodrome (FATZ) in Limpopo Province, where he was assisted by his fellow aviators to tow the aircraft, a Cessna 182E Skylane with registration ZS-CUU, out of the hangar. Within a few minutes, the pilot carried out a pre-flight inspection on the aircraft in preparation for a private flight to Nelspruit Aerodrome (FANS). Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time. Later, the aircraft took off from Runway 06. At 0721Z, the pilot, for the first time after departing FATZ, made a radio transmission to the Lowveld controller, routing to FANS at flight level (FL) 075. At 0745Z, the pilot reported to the Lowveld controller that he was not feeling well and requested to land at the closest aerodrome. His position at the time was 8 nautical miles (nm) north-east (NE) of Ohrigstad.
The Lowveld controller advised him to turn left for Hoedspruit Civil Aerodrome (FAHT) and to contact Hoedspruit Air Force Base (AFB) FAHS approach on 126.4 VHF. At 0751Z, the pilot called FAHS approach controller informing him that his medical condition was getting worse and that he was not sure if he would make it to FAHT. At 0753Z, the pilot declared a MAYDAY call (three times) and was given directions to fly to FAHT, and to follow 100° heading. The pilot reported that he was unable to see the aircraft’s instruments. At 0754Z, the aircraft impacted Mariepskop Mountain peak, and the pilot was fatally injured during the accident.

Probable Cause
Uncontrolled flight into terrain due to the pilot’s loss of consciousness.

Contributing Factor/s:
According to the toxicology report, the specialists were unable to state with certainty if the physiological
changes due to hypertension and diabetes contributed to the pilot’s ill health in-flight.

Sources: (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

04-Mar-2021 14:45 Captain Adam Added
04-Mar-2021 15:25 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Source]
04-Mar-2021 18:17 harro Updated [[Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Source]]
02-Apr-2021 18:46 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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