ASN Aircraft accident Volpar Turboliner II ZS-PRA Johannesburg Airport (JNB)
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Friday 22 September 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic B18T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Volpar Turboliner II
Operator:United Air
Registration: ZS-PRA
MSN: 4645
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 12 km N of Johannesburg Airport (JNB) (   South Africa)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Johannesburg-Jan Smuts Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Destination airport:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB), South Africa
After refuelling the pilot-in-command was cleared to take off from runway 03 at Jan Smuts Airport and then to turn north-westerly to Hartebeespoort Dam NDB "HB" enroute to his home base at Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport.
The pilot-in-command had apparently already altered course to "HB" NDB, when he requested clearance to land back at Johannesburg. He was cleared to runway 21. This was acknowledged. After this radio and radar contact were lost.
The aircraft flew into the ground in a high speed dive. It disintegrated and burst into flames at impact.
All three on board the aircraft and two persons on the ground were killed.
Investigation of the site and marks on the ground showed that the aircraft was approx. 45 deg nose down on primary impact.

The aircraft, a Volpar Turboliner II cargo plane, was a stretched turbine conversion of a Beechcraft SNB-5 Navigator (Redesignated TC-45J in 1962) that was operated by the US Navy.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Johannesburg-Jan Smuts Airport to Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport as the crow flies is 54 km (34 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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