Accident Jabiru J430 ZU-FNS, Saturday 2 March 2024
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Date:Saturday 2 March 2024
Time:13:35 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic JAB4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Jabiru J430
Owner/operator:
Registration: ZU-FNS
MSN: 791
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Bona-Bona Airfield -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Klerksdorp Airport (KXE/FAKD)
Destination airport:Bona-Bona Game Lodge
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Upon arrival at Bona-Bona Airfield, the pilot followed the unmanned airfield joining procedure. After inspecting the windsock, the pilot deduced that the wind favoured Runway 17 (southerly heading) which is 1 300 metres (m) in length. According to the pilot, the aircraft was stable on final approach for Runway 17, and touchdown was uneventful.
However, during the landing roll, the pilot lost directional control of the aircraft and it veered to the left and exited the runway.

During that sequence, the left main wheel axle bent, and the propeller blade tips struck the ground. The aircraft came to a halt on the grass area, approximately 25m from the left edge of the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage; however, no injuries were reported.

Probable Cause
It is likely that the aircraft was unstable on final approach and landed hard, which caused the left main landing gear axle to bend. The pilot lost directional control of the aircraft and it veered off to the left of Runway 17.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: CA18/2/3/10428
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

SACAA

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

10 August 2022 ZU-FNS 0 Orient Airfield (FAOI) sub

Location

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-May-2024 09:03 ASN Added
16-May-2024 09:04 ASN Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]

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