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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34494
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee SIX
Owner/operator:Salto Trading (One) CC
Registration: ZS-FVL
MSN: 32-40621
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:The farm Donkerhoek, Lephalale (Ellisras) district, Limpopo -   South Africa
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Tswana Nature Reserve, Lephalale (Ellisras) district
Destination airport:Private strip on the farm Donkerhoek
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
It is believed the pilot suffered a heart attack while preparing to land at a private airstrip on the farm, Donkerhoek, south east of Lephalale (formerly Ellisras). The aircraft struck small trees 200m beyond the landing strip and crashed, after which a fire ensued. The aircraft burnt out completely. The pilot died at the scene and while the two passengers initially survived the accident and were taken to the burn section of the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg, doctors took Mr Henk du Plooy (31) off life support on September 28 after his condition had deteriorated. He died early the following morning. His wife, Annerie (33), suffered 40% burns and is still in intensive care.


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


Vereeniging, October 11, 2008 11:24 AM

Airstrip on the Farm Donkerhoek ± 31 km south east of Lephalale (Ellisras) where the accident occurred

Revision history:

19-Oct-2008 22:53 Topaz Added
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24-Oct-2008 23:04 cat Updated
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29-Oct-2008 15:57 Topaz Updated
30-Oct-2008 23:58 Topaz Updated
31-Oct-2008 02:16 Topaz Updated

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