Accident Piper PA-25-260 Pawnee D ZS-JTW, Wednesday 11 October 2023
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Date:Wednesday 11 October 2023
Time:c. 06:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-25-260 Pawnee D
Owner/operator:Fantini Air Pty Ltd
Registration: ZS-JTW
MSN: 25-7556020
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Kroonstad Airfield (FAKS), Kroonstad, Free State -   South Africa
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Kroonstad (FAKS)
Destination airport:Kroonstad (FAKS)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On Wednesday, 11 October 2023 at 0420Z, a pilot on-board a Piper Pawnee PA-25-260 aircraft with registration ZS-JTW was engaged in a solo consolidation crop-spraying training flight when the accident occurred. The pilot took off from Runway (RWY) 07 at Kroonstad Airfield (FAKS) in the Free State province. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) by day prevailed at the time of the flight which was conducted under the provisions of Part 141 of the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) 2011 as amended.

According to the instructor who normally observes training flights from the ground, the pilot completed her pre-flight and run-up checks before she joined the runway. He stated that the hooper was carrying 200 litres (l) of water for the crop-spraying practise. The aircraft took off from RWY 07, and it climbed to 300 feet (ft) above ground level (AGL) and turned right to join the right base to line up for RWY 30. The intention was to inspect the runway orientated 12/30 before she could practise the spray runs. Normally this type of operation is executed 2 metres (m) (6.5616 ft) above ground level. The instructor stated that when the aircraft was on base leg, he had no visual of it. He then saw smoke coming from behind the trees near the base leg. Thereafter, he got into his vehicle and drove towards the area in which the smoke was originating. Upon reaching the site, he found the aircraft crashed and on fire. He immediately alerted the fire services and the South African Police Service (SAPS). The pilot was fatally injured.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report

Sources: (photo)

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

6 February 2014 ZS-JTW Private 0 S26 53,538 E027 29,567.Elevation 1407m. w/o


Revision history:

11-Oct-2023 19:05 Captain Adam Added
11-Oct-2023 19:43 Anon. Updated
11-Oct-2023 20:40 RobertMB Updated
12-Oct-2023 05:42 ddevos Updated
14-May-2024 17:52 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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