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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 269012
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172K
Registration: ZS-FJU
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Zebula Airfield -   South Africa
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Zebula Airfield
Destination airport:Johannesburg/Germiston-Rand Airport (QRA/FAGM)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The pilot attempted three times to start the aircraft’s engine, but without success. The pilot then called the safety pilot of the training school who advised him to wait for about five minutes to avoid over flooding the engine. About five minutes later, the pilot tried to start the engine again, but the engine still did not respond. To prevent draining the battery, the pilot switched off the master switch for a few minutes. Moments later, the pilot and the passenger saw smoke coming from the engine cowlings and they both disembarked the aircraft. As soon as they disembarked the aircraft, they saw flames emanating from the engine compartment. The fire was successfully extinguished by the pilot using the on-board hand-held Halon fire extinguisher.
The aircraft sustained fire damage to the engine compartment and the paint work on the cowlings. The pilot and the passenger did not sustain any injuries during the accident.

The cause of fire was due to over priming the engine, which led to fuel flooding the cylinder heads which were still hot, and thus, ignited the fuel.



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

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