Accident Cessna 172P Skyhawk ZS-SDA, Saturday 9 December 2023
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Date:Saturday 9 December 2023
Time:06:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172P Skyhawk
Registration: ZS-SDA
MSN: 17276251
Year of manufacture:1984
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB) -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB)
Destination airport:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The student pilot was cleared for landing runway 29. She touched down to the left of the runway centreline. Following touch down the nose landing gear collapsed backwards and the propeller contacted the runway surface. The aircraft then veered off the runway to the right, coming to rest in a nose down attitude.

Probable Cause
The aircraft’s airspeed was too high on approach for landing which caused it to float before it touched down hard, followed by two bounces. The aircraft stalled and, thereafter, touched down hard with the nose landing gear which broke; the aircraft veered off to the left of the runway.

Contributing Factors
Incorrect technique used during landing and recovery

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

24 October 2008 ZS-SDA South African Flight Training Academy Rand Airport, Germiston, Gauteng sub
16 January 2023 ZS-SDA 0 Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB) sub

Revision history:

10-Jan-2024 13:38 harro Added
10-Jan-2024 13:39 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Location]
04-Jun-2024 04:55 ASN Updated [Time, Total occupants, Departure airport, Narrative, Accident report]

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