Accident Ayres S2R-T34 Turbo Thrush ZS-LUW, Saturday 27 January 2024
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Date:Saturday 27 January 2024
Time:05:15 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SS2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ayres S2R-T34 Turbo Thrush
Owner/operator:Orsmond Aviation
Registration: ZS-LUW
MSN: 6009
Year of manufacture:1979
Total airframe hrs:11962 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34AG
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Ermelo Airfield (FAEO) -   South Africa
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Bethlehem (FABM)
Destination airport:Nelspruit-Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP/FAKN)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An Ayres S2R-T34 Turbo Thrush crashed on short final of runway 13 in fog at Ermelo Airfield (FAEO), Ermelo, Mpumalanga, and a post crash fire ensued.
The pilot perished and the aircraft was destroyed by fire.

The flight was a ferry flight from Bethlehem Airport (FABM) to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (FAKN) with the
intention to clear customs before proceeding to Malawi. The flight was conducted under visual meteorological conditions (VMC) by day.

Probable Cause
The pilot lost situational awareness whilst flying the aircraft at high speed and at low height in instrument meteorological condition (IMC) without an instrument flight rules (IFR) rating, which resulted in the right-wing tip making contact with the ground (controlled flight into terrain [CFIT]).

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: CA18/2/3/10414
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

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Revision history:

27-Jan-2024 16:01 Captain Adam Added
27-Jan-2024 16:54 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
27-Jan-2024 17:12 RobertMB Updated [Time, Location, Source]
28-Jan-2024 11:51 Anon. Updated [Date]
28-Jan-2024 17:03 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
28-Jan-2024 17:04 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Narrative]
29-Jan-2024 18:27 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative, Category]
29-Jan-2024 22:02 RobertMB Updated [Operator]
29-Jan-2024 22:02 RobertMB Updated
09-Feb-2024 15:10 Anon. Updated [Registration]
16-Feb-2024 09:07 ASN Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Source, Accident report]
16-Feb-2024 09:13 ASN Updated [Destination airport, Narrative, Category]
23-Jun-2024 16:48 ASN Updated [Narrative, Accident report]

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