Accident Kitplanes for Africa Safari LSA ZU-ITU, Tuesday 10 October 2023
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Date:Tuesday 10 October 2023
Time:12:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic KFAS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Kitplanes for Africa Safari LSA
Registration: ZU-ITU
MSN: 054-05-20 SAF3
Total airframe hrs:75 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Beaufort West -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Beaufort West (FABW)
Destination airport:Upington Airport (UTN/FAUP)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated after take-off he climbed to 7 500 feet. Shortly after reaching his cruising altitude the engine manifold pressure started to decay and the engine started losing power. The pilot opted to perform a precautionary landing on the
R381 road, which is the road between the town of Loxton and Beaufort West. The pilot stated that during the landing he lost directional control of the aircraft and it veered to the left and impacted with rocky terrain next to the road.

Probable Cause(s)
Engine power loss in-flight due to the propeller blades which were in course pitch; this resulted in engine overload and an unsuccessful forced landing.

Contributing Factor(s)
Not following the correct procedure after the propeller control unit failure which was set in auto mode.
Failure of the electronic propeller pitch controller unit in auto mode.

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



Revision history:

23-Nov-2023 13:48 harro Added
20-Jan-2024 20:47 harro Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Narrative, Accident report]

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