Mid-air collision Serious incident Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee ZS-JGD, Friday 4 August 2023
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Date:Friday 4 August 2023
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee
Owner/operator:43 Air School
Registration: ZS-JGD
MSN: 28-7405169
Year of manufacture:1974
Total airframe hrs:14398 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:Port Alfred Airport (AFD/FAPA) -   South Africa
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Port Alfred Airport (AFD/FAPA)
Destination airport:Port Alfred Airport (AFD/FAPA)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A 43 Air School Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee (ZS-JGD) and Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow II (ZS-JLD) of the same operator were involved in an airprox incident at Port Alfred (FAPA).
ZS-JGD was engaged in circuits on runway 28R. Shortly after take-off from runway 28R, ZS-JLD commenced with take-off on runway 28R for a navigation flight east of Port Alfred.

After take-off, ZS-JDG joined the circuit for runway 28R and flew on the right downwind. ZS-JLD followed a similar route to route towards the east.
ZS-JGD turned right base runway 28R. When the instructor looked out towards the right, he spotted the landing light of ZS-JLD only metres away, and immediately took control and expeditiously descended the aircraft. The instructor reported it would have resulted in a mid-air collision had he not taken evasive measures.

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



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

1 November 2001 ZS-JGD 0 On Runway 17 at Grand Central Aerodrome

Revision history:

28-Sep-2023 14:44 harro Added
21-Dec-2023 10:09 harro Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Accident report]

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