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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 12 April 1988
Time:20:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:United Air
Registration: ZS-UAS
C/n / msn: 6154
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Hennenman (   South Africa)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bloemfontein International Airport (BFN/FABL), South Africa
Destination airport:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Narrative:
A fire was discovered on board at FL90 and the aircraft returned. The descent rate increased and the aircraft struck the ground in a 45° angle. The fuel source was a leak under pressure from the right hand fuel booster pump or its adjacent plumbing.

Sources:
» Flight International 08.07.1989 p.10
» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/88 (#42)


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Distance from Bloemfontein International Airport to Johannesburg International Airport as the crow flies is 379 km (237 miles).

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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