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Last updated: 24 April 2017
Datum:zaterdag 1 juni 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace BAe-748-372 Srs. 2B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Airquarius Aviation
Registratie: ZS-OJU
Constructienummer: 1782
Bouwjaar: 1980
Aantal vlieguren:14226
Aantal vluchten:19789
Motoren: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 535-2
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 3
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:12,4 km (7.8 mijl) NE of George (   Zuid-Afrika)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Bloemfontein International Airport (BFN/FABL), Zuid-Afrika
Vliegveld van aankomst:George Airport (GRJ/FAGG), Zuid-Afrika
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."


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.

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) - South Africa
report status: Final
report number: Ref. No: CA18/2/3/7510
report released:6 May 2004
duration of investigation: 1 year and 11 months
download report: Ref. No: CA18/2/3/7510


CAA SA issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Hawker Siddeley HS-748-372 Srs. 2B C-GHSF
C-GHSF just prior to being registered ZS-OJU
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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Bloemfontein International Airport en George Airport bedraagt 659 km (412 miles).

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