Accident Gyroflug SC01 B-160 Speed Canard GT ZU-MWG, Thursday 26 October 2023
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Date:Thursday 26 October 2023
Time:15:17 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SC01 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Gyroflug SC01 B-160 Speed Canard GT
Registration: ZU-MWG
MSN: S-40
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Zandspruit Bush & Aero Estate, Hoedspruit, Limpopo -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Johannesburg/Germiston-Rand Airport (QRA/FAGM)
Destination airport:Zandspruit Bush & Aero Estate
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On Thursday, 26 October 2023, a SC01 B-160 aircraft with registration ZU-MWG took off from Rand Airport (FAGM) in Gauteng province with the intention to land at Zandspruit Aero Estate private airstrip in Hoedspruit, Limpopo province, where it was involved in an accident after landing. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) by day prevailed at the time of the flight which was conducted under the provisions of Part 94 of the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) 2011 as amended.

On the day of the accident, the aircraft was at an aircraft maintenance organisation (AMO) facility in Rand Airport for repairs as grease was leaking on the propeller for some time. After the maintenance of the propeller, the ground run was conducted and the propeller was balanced and found to be serviceable. The pilot then took off on the aircraft and routed to Zandspruit private airstrip. Upon arrival at Zandspruit private airstrip, the pilot was observed conducting a low-level inspection overhead the runway which was orientated 17/35. The aircraft was then observed making a turn to commence with the landing phase on Runway 35 (RWY 35). One of the eyewitnesses stated that the aircraft landed 250 metres (m) from the threshold of RWY 35, but it did not slow down. The aircraft got airborne again and floated just above the runway whilst maintaining centreline, after which it started drifting to the left of the runway; it touched down again on the grass alongside the runway, about 5.8m from the threshold. The aircraft then impacted a tree and the post-impact fire ensued which consumed the aircraft. The pilot was fatally injured.

Another eyewitness stated that when she heard the aircraft fly past, she hurried outside to look as she would usually do. She stated that she observed the pilot approach and land, and as the aircraft flew beyond her line of sight, she noticed that the pilot’s posture was hunched (his shoulders rounded); he was not sitting upright as expected during this phase of the flight. Moreover, she noticed that the pilot did not acknowledge her by means of a hand gesture (with his left hand); the pilot seemed to be fixated on a point ahead of him. She then observed the aircraft getting airborne, it then floated over the runway whilst maintaining centreline before it drifted to the left without seeing any control surfaces move as it disappeared from her line of vision. After the aircraft burst into flames, the eyewitness and the pilot’s spouse made their way to the burning aircraft.

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

SA CAA (photo)

History of this aircraft




D-ENWG, May 2010 at EHMZ (Photo: H.Ranter)

Revision history:

30-Oct-2023 16:22 RobertMB Added
01-Nov-2023 08:38 harro Updated
05-Nov-2023 20:14 harro Updated [Photo]
14-May-2024 18:02 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Registration, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]
14-May-2024 18:03 ASN Updated

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