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Last updated: 23 October 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:samedi 1 juin 2002
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace BAe-748-372 Srs. 2B
Compagnie:Airquarius Aviation
Immatriculation: ZS-OJU
Numéro de série: 1782
Année de Fabrication: 1980
Heures de vol:14226
Moteurs: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 535-2
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:12,4 km (7.8 milles) NE of George (   Afrique du Sud)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Aéroport de départ:Bloemfontein International Airport (BFN/FABL), Afrique du Sud
Aéroport de destination:George Airport (GRJ/FAGG), Afrique du Sud
An Airquarius HS-748 plane departed Bloemfontein for a mail flight to George around 04:00. The crew allowed a passenger to board the flight. Hansie Cronje, a former South African cricket captain who had missed a South African Airlines flight. Weather was poor at George and the crew reportedly missed their first approach. The aircraft crashed in the rugged Outeniqua mountains at an altitude of about 1000 meters, near the Outeniqua Pass while manoeuvering for another approach.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES: "The crew deviated from the prescribed missed approach procedure during an attempted Instrument Landing System landing on Runway 29 at George in Instrument Meteorological Conditions and lost situational awareness aggravated by the presence of strong upper South-Westerly winds. They allowed the aircraft to drift off course resulting in a controlled impact with terrain 6.7 nm North-East of the aerodrome.
A significantly contributing factor was the weather conditions that prevailed in the area during the aircraft’s approach to land and missed approach.
A further contributing factor to the accident was the intermittent unreliability of the Instrument Landing System of Runway 29 at the time the aircraft commenced its approach to land at George Aerodrome and how the pilots reacted to this situation.
Another contributing factor was the directional gyro that was not serviceable and could have provided the pilots with faulty directional information.
It should also be considered that the uncleared defects could have contributed to the probable cause of the accident."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Accident number: Ref. No: CA18/2/3/7510
Download report: Final report

METAR Weather report:
05:00 UTC / 07:00 local time:
FAGG 010500Z 27014KT 6000 R29/1240V1500D -RA SCT008 BKN014 10/09 Q1023=
Wind 270deg at 14 knots, Light Rain, Scattered Clouds at 800 feet and Broken Clouds at 1400 ft.

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CAA SA issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Hawker Siddeley HS-748-372 Srs. 2B ZS-OJU
photo of Hawker Siddeley HS-748-372 Srs. 2B C-GHSF
C-GHSF just prior to being registered ZS-OJU
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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Bloemfontein International Airport et George Airport est de 659 km (412 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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