Accident Cessna 402 Falcon 402 ZU-MDI, Tuesday 2 January 2018
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Date:Tuesday 2 January 2018
Time:23:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C402 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 402 Falcon 402
Registration: ZU-MDI
MSN: 402/06
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Bazaruto Island -   Mozambique
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Bazaruto Island
Destination airport:Kruger Park, South Africa
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Cessna 402 Falcon 402 was involved in an accident in Mozambique.
Upon takeoff, the plane failed to gain altitude and crashed. All seven occupants were injured.

The Cessna 402 Falcon 402 is a single turbine engine (Walter/Diemech M601D) conversion of a Cessna 402 twin.

The most likely cause of this accident was Human Failure,
The fact that the pilot has exceeded the aircraft's capacity from 8 (1+7) to 10 (1+9), associated with prevailing meteorological conditions, may have influenced the attitude of the aircraft during take-off;
The fact that the pilot did not properly follow the pre-flight procedures, given the hurry he showed at departure and being distracted at the time of the pre-flight inspection may have contributed to forgetting to remove the lock) of the Vertical Stabilizer.
This last factor was decisive for the accident.
The fact that the pilot probably did not remove the Lock of the Vertical Stabilizer caused it to remain fixed in its position and could not give the directional control to the aircraft.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 November 2012 ZU-MDI 0 Right hand side of runway 29 at Wonderboom

Revision history:

03-Jan-2018 17:34 Anon. Added
03-Jan-2018 17:34 harro Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Damage, Narrative]
03-Jan-2018 17:38 harro Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
04-Jan-2018 14:52 gerard57 Updated [Time, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Jan-2018 17:02 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
04-Jan-2018 17:07 Aerossurance Updated [Time]
26-Jun-2020 16:47 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Jun-2020 16:48 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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