Accident The Airplane Factory Sling 2 ZU-FCT, Friday 22 July 2022
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Date:Friday 22 July 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic SLG2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
The Airplane Factory Sling 2
Registration: ZU-FCT
MSN: 081
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Open field near Midway drags raceway -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Brits (FABS)
Destination airport:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that, the flight to FABS was uneventful. He conducted three touch and go circuits before routing to FAWB. During the return leg the pilot was cruising at 1 500 above ground level (AGL) with indicated airspeed of 90 knots and engine power setting of 4 800 revolutions per min (RPM). Without any warnings, the engine stopped in flight. This was followed by loss of oil and fuel pressure. There were no warning lights illuminated in the instrument panel prior to the engine quitting. The pilot conducted trouble shooting by switching between the tanks to no avail. The pilot selected an open area left of his track and conducted a forced landing. During the forced landing roll, the undercarriage broke off and one propeller blade came to contact with the ground and bent backward. The aircraft came to a stop moment thereafter. The pilot switched off electrics and vacated the aircraft unassisted.

Probable cause:
Loss of engine power in-flight caused by dirt that was obstructing fuel flow to the fuel injector nozzles
in cylinders 1 and 3, which resulted in an unsuccessful forced landing.

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



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