Accident Aeroprakt A-22LS ZU-ODZ, Friday 24 August 2012
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Date:Friday 24 August 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic AP22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aeroprakt A-22LS
Registration: ZU-ODZ
MSN: 129
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Farm Bywater – Niekerkshoop area -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Gariep dam aerodrome (FAHV), (Free State province)
Destination airport:Upington aerodrome (FAUP), (Northern Cape province)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 24 August 2012 at approximately 1245Z an Aeroprakt A-22, registration ZU-ODZ with two persons onboard took-off from Gariep dam aerodrome on the second leg of a ferry flight to Upington aerodrome. At approximately 1510Z the owner of Bywater, a farm in the Niekerkshoop area in the Northern Cape was informed by his farm workers that there is a veld fire on the farm. The farmer then investigated the fire and found the wreckage of the aircraft ZU-ODZ where it impacted high ground at the origin of the veld fire. The farmer then immediately proceeded to the wreckage where he found the pilot deceased and the passenger seriously injured but still alive. The farmer then called for help but the passenger succumbed to his injuries before medical help could arrive. Apart from the empennage, the remainder of the fuselage was consumed by the post- impact fire. Probable Cause In an attempt to avoid collision with raising terrain, the pilot collided with the ground. Contributory cause Undetermined engine stoppage in flight.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

14-Jan-2022 14:41 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage]

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