Accident Boeing 737-2T5 ZS-SGX, Monday 10 January 2011
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Date:Monday 10 January 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-2T5
Registration: ZS-SGX
MSN: 22396/730
Year of manufacture:1981
Total airframe hrs:70094 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15 (HK3)
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hoedspruit AFB (HDS) -   South Africa
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Hoedspruit Airport (HDS/FAHS)
Destination airport:Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB/FAOR)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Boeing 737-2T5 passenger jet, registered ZS-SGX, sustained substantial damage in an accident at Hoedspruit AFB (HDS), South Africa. There were no fatalities. The airplane operated on a flight from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) to Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).
Whilst taxiing to the cleared holding point for takeoff from runway 18, the pilot switched off the landing lights to avoid blinding an approaching aircraft. As a result, he overshot the turning point at taxiway C in the darkness and found himself at the end of taxiway A with insufficient space to turn around. According to him, he decided to maneuvre the aircraft out of the "dead end" by turning into the last taxiway, which led to military hangars, and then reversing the aircraft to carry out a 180° turn. This was to be done without external guidance. Whilst reversing the aircraft, the pilot failed to stop it in time, the main wheels rolled off the edge of the taxiway and the aircraft slipped down a steep embankment, coming to rest with the nose-wheel still on the taxiway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inappropriate decision by the captain to reverse the aircraft at night without external guidance."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: CA18/3/2/0825
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Nick Elzinga
Hoedspruit (FAHS) Aerodrome chart



photo (c) anon; Hoedspruit AFB (HDS/FAHS); January 2011

photo (c) anon; Hoedspruit AFB (HDS/FAHS); January 2011

photo (c) anon; Hoedspruit AFB (HDS/FAHS); January 2011

photo (c) anon; Hoedspruit AFB (HDS/FAHS); January 2011

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