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Crash of a Bae Jetstream 41 in Durban: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 24, 2009 at 0757 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-NRM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Durban - Pietermaritzburg
MSN:
41069
YOM:
1995
Flight number:
NLK8911
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2956
Captain / Total hours on type:
751.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2002
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1027
Aircraft flight hours:
27429
Circumstances:
During the take-off roll, the cockpit crew of another airliner observed smoke pouring from the right engine of ZS-NRM. They were shocked, yet reluctant to tell the crew of ZS-NRM to abort the take-off as they felt that they might be blamed had the abort gone wrong. Instead, the witnessing pilots enquired from the tower whether the aircraft was aware of the smoke. By the time the ATC responded, the aircraft was already in the air, but with its landing gear not yet retracted. Another aircraft lining up at the holding point informed ZS-NRM that their undercarriage was still extended, and the captain of ZS-NRM then transmitted (instead of using the intercom) an instruction to his co-pilot to raise the gear. During this transmission, the sound of what was possibly a warning sound could be heard in the background. The aircraft became airborne and climbed to approximately 500 ft above mean sea level before losing altitude and making a forced landing on a small field in the Merebank residential area, about 1,4 km from the end of the runway. During the forced landing, a member of the public was struck by the wing of the aircraft and the three crew members were seriously injured in the accident. The captain subsequently died from his injuries.
Probable cause:
Engine failure after takeoff followed by inappropriate crew response, resulting in the loss of both lateral and directional control, the misidentification of the failed engine, and subsequent shutdown of the remaining serviceable engine.
Contributing factors:
 Separation of the second-stage turbine seal plate rim;
 Failure of the captain and first officer to implement any crew resource management procedures as prescribed in the operator’s training manual;
 The crew’s failure to follow the correct after take-off engine failure procedures as prescribed in the aircraft’s flight manual.
Final Report:

Crash of a Britten-Norman Islander in Durban

Date & Time: Aug 21, 2005 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-PCJ
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Manzengwenya-Durban
MSN:
0869
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
950
Captain / Total hours on type:
6.00
Aircraft flight hours:
7670
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was performing a sightseeing flight with one pilot and 5 Austrian tourists on board. While flying over Durban, the pilot informed ATC that he has some engine problem. The aircraft crashed onto a house near the Durba-Virginia airport and all occupants were injured.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan I in Bulwer

Date & Time: Feb 24, 1996 at 0743 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
3010
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
208-0160
YOM:
1989
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Margate Airport to take part to a combined exercice. En route, while cruising in limited visibility, the crew encountered technical problems with the engine and decided to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft clipped trees and crashed near Bulwer. All 11 occupants escaped uninjured. The passengers were attached to the 41st Squadron.

Crash of a Cessna 402B in Durban

Date & Time: Aug 15, 1988
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-KPF
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Margate – Nelspruit
MSN:
402B-0602
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Margate Airport, while on a charter flight to Nelspruit, the pilot encountered a red warning light for the right main gear. He was cleared by ATC to divert to Durban Airport for an emergency landing when the twin engine aircraft crashed on approach. All eight occupants were rescued.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-3 Islander in Richards Bay

Date & Time: Aug 24, 1974
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-IZZ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
317
YOM:
1971
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After liftoff from Richards Bay Airport, the twin engine airplane encountered difficulties to gain height. It struck a building then crashed onto the ground. The pilot, sole on board, was seriously injured.

Crash of a Douglas C-49E in Durban: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 28, 1973
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
ZS-DAK
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1498
YOM:
1936
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While descending to Durban Airport on a charter flight, the pilot-in-command completed a turn to join the approach path when the left engine failed, followed shortly later by the right engine. The crew elected to modify the position of the fuel selector but the engines did not respond. The captain attempted an emergency landing when the airplane crash landed on a beach located in Umbogintwini, about 6 km southwest of the airport. A passenger was killed while 24 other occupants were evacuated safely. Nevertheless, some of them were injured. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure on approach caused by a fuel exhaustion.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide in Ladysmith

Date & Time: Oct 11, 1963
Registration:
ZS-DJT
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
6498
YOM:
1940
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown at Ladysmith Airport, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and came to rest. All six occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Lockheed 18-08-01 LodeStar off Scottburgh

Date & Time: Feb 1, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-ASV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2036
YOM:
1940
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training flight when control was lost for unknown reason. The twin engine aircraft crashed into the sea few km off Scottburgh. All three crew members were rescued while the aircraft sank and was lost.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland GR.5 in Richards Bay: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 1, 1956
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1715
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Richards Bay - Richards Bay
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local training sortie out from Richards Bay. On final approach by night, the seaplane crashed in flames into Lake Mzingazi, few km short of runway. Two crew members were killed while eight others were rescued.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-1-DK on Mt Ingeli: 17 killed

Date & Time: Oct 15, 1951
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-AVJ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Port Elizabeth – Durban
MSN:
12016
YOM:
1943
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Circumstances:
While cruising in clouds, the airplane crashed on Mt Ingeli (2,500 meters high) located about 17 km southeast of Kokstad. The aircraft christened 'Paardeberg' was destroyed and all 17 occupants were killed. It is believed that the accident was the result of a controlled flight into terrain.