Accident Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee ZS-MKY, Saturday 28 October 2023
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Date:Saturday 28 October 2023
Time:08:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee
Registration: ZS-MKY
MSN: 28-1171
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Warmbaths Airport (FAWA) -   South Africa
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB)
Destination airport:Warmbaths Airport (FAWA)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that during descent to land at FAWA, the aircraft experience a reduction in engine revolutions per minute to 1500 and it stayed at that RPM. The pilot stated that he performed engine power loss procedure and he also tried to switch fuel tank selection, but to no avail. He identified an open field to perform an emergency landing. The aircraft nose gear collapsed during landing on a ploughed field. The aircraft sustained damage to the propeller blades, engine cowling, and the right-hand wing tip.

Probable Cause(s)
The pilot omitted to adjust the fuel mixture and added power, as well as misread the set 1500 RPM
to indicate power loss. This resulted in the pilot conducting a forced landing which was unsuccessful

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



Revision history:

23-Nov-2023 13:56 harro Added
23-Nov-2023 13:57 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Location]
20-Jan-2024 08:56 harro Updated [Time, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Narrative, Accident report]

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