Loss of control Accident Cessna 210M V5-GWH, Friday 11 January 2008
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Date:Friday 11 January 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic C210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 210M
Owner/operator:Atlantic Aviation
Registration: V5-GWH
MSN: 21061648
Year of manufacture:1977
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Windhoek -   Namibia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Windhoek-Eros Airport (ERS/FYWE)
Destination airport:Mokuti Lodge Airport (OKU/FYMO)
Investigating agency: DAAI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Cessna 210M, a charter flight, operated by Atlantic Aviation, reportedly lost engine power after takeoff from Eros Airport, Windhoek, Namibia; The airplane crashed in a residential area and struck a dwelling. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The pilot and five passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed and consumed by post crash fire. The flight was destined for an airstrip at Mokuti Lodge, near Tsumeb, Namibia.

Probable Cause(s):
The aircraft hit the ground at a speed significantly lower than stall speed which indicated with certainty that the pilot entered a slow stall resulting in a total loss of aircraft control upon impact.
Heavy and marginal take-off performance from a high altitude airport with high temperature soaring above 30 degrees Celsius and choosing a short runway for take-off. Lack of experience as well as Iack of briefing regarding the, prevailing conditions and Eros airport limitations could explain the pilot's surprise at the premature nose lifting during the take-off run.

Contributing to the accident is attributed to:
i) Improper Flight Planning;
ii) Lack of situational awareness and poor airmanship;
iii) Unfamiliar with Eros airport data;
iv) Not compensating for density altitude and airport surface conditions.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DAAI
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report


New Era
NTSB Identification: DCA08WA027

Revision history:

18-Jan-2008 02:59 harro Added
21-Jan-2008 03:08 anon Updated
22-Jan-2008 03:02 anon Updated
23-Jan-2008 00:40 JINX Updated
24-Jul-2023 09:13 harro Updated

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