Date & Time: Dec 7, 2015 at 1055 LT
Type of aircraft:
Eclipse EA500
Registration:
ZS-DKS
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Lanseria - Cape Town
MSN:
142
YOM:
2008
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot left Lanseria Airport bound for Cape Town and was authorized to climb up to 36,000 feet. The aircraft was vectored by ATC and few minutes later, radio contact was lost. Then the aircraft made several turns and started to lose height. Unable to establish any contact, ATC informed local authorities and a Saab Gripen from the Test Flight and Development Centre based at Overberg AFB was engaged in an interception mission. The Gripen's pilot maintained a position aside the Eclipse for almost 15 minutes when the Eclipse continued a descent with a rate of 3,700 feet per minute until it crashed in a field. The pilot Kobus Dicks was killed and the aircraft disintegrated on impact. Due to unplanned and successive turns and absence of any contact with the pilot, it is believed that he may suffer from hypoxia or incapacitation, maybe in relation with a technical problem on the pressurization system.