Date & Time: Jul 10, 2018
Type of aircraft:
Convair CV-340
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-BRV
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Test
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pretoria - Pretoria
MSN:
215
YOM:
1954
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
1
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Owned by Rovos Air (part of the South African Rovos Rail Group), the aircraft was donated to the Dutch Museum Aviodrome based in Lelystad and has to be transferred to Europe with a delivery date on 23 July 2018. For this occasion, the aircraft was repaint with full Martin's Air Charter colorscheme. Part of the convoy program to Europe, the airplane was subject to several test flights, carrying engineers, technicians, pilots and also members of the Aviodrome Museum. Shortly after takeoff from runway 29, the left engine emitted braun smoke and the crew was unable to gain sufficient height. The captain was cleared to make a right hand circuit to return for an emergency landing. While approaching runway 29 from the east, the airplane went out of control, struck the roof of a building and crashed in a field located about 6 km southeast of the airport. The flight engineer was killed while all 18 other occupants were injured, some of them seriously. On the ground, three other people were injured and of them died a day later. Sadly, the aircraft was destroyed.