Accident Dassault Falcon 2000 ZS-PKR, Tuesday 20 September 2022
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Date:Tuesday 20 September 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic F2TH model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Dassault Falcon 2000
Owner/operator:Pepkor Group
Registration: ZS-PKR
MSN: 114
Year of manufacture:2000
Total airframe hrs:3482 hours
Engine model:CFE CFE738-1-1B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB) -   South Africa
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB/FAPM)
Destination airport:Durban-King Shaka International Airport (DUR/FALE)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Dassault Falcon 2000, ZS-PKR, suffered a bird strike during the takeoff run on runway 16 at Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB), South Africa.
At 16:35, the aircraft was cleared for take-off. The first part of the take-off roll was uneventful. At 80 kts, the first officer (FO) who was the pilot monitoring (PM) called out the speed and the Pilot Flying (PF) moved his left-hand from the tiller to the control column in preparation to apply back pressure when Vr speed is reached. Shortly thereafter, at a speed of approximately 90-95 kts a bird, likely to be a Spur Winged Goose, was seen getting airborne from the right-side of the runway that was overgrown with grass. The PIC estimated the grass length to be approximately 15-20 centimeters in height.
A moment later, the crew heard a loud thud from the right-side of the aircraft, which caused the aircraft to vibrate and subsequently veer off to the right-side of the runway centreline. The PF immediately called for a rejected take-off (RTO). He retarded both throttle levers and applied maximum brakes to stop the aircraft on the remaining runway surface. The PM extended the airbrakes whilst notifying the tower about the RTO. After the aircraft came to a stop, the crew checked the engine parameters and it was noted that the number 2 engine fuel flow indicated zero.

Following an external inspection of the aircraft, it was found that several of the number 2 engine compressor fan blades had been damaged, and that some of the fractured compressor blades had penetrated the upper right-side of the fuselage, approximately 15 centimeters in front of the aft pressurized baggage compartment bulkhead.

Probable Cause(s)
During the take-off roll, the No.2 engine spooled down to zero after suffering substantial damage after a bird flew into the engine; the crew conducted a successful RTO.

Contributing Factor
Non-appointment of a wild life control officer.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: CA18/2/3/10228
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report



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