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Accident description
Last updated: 22 August 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 10 February 2014
Time:12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Federal Air
Registration: ZS-EPZ
C/n / msn: 208B-1233
First flight: 2007
Total airframe hrs:3266
Engines: 1 Honeywell TPE331-12JR-702
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Mala Mala Airport (AAM) (   South Africa)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mala Mala Airport (AAM/FAMD), South Africa
Destination airport:Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB/FAOR), South Africa
Flightnumber: 161
Narrative:
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operated by Federal Air sustained substantial damage in a taxi accident at Mala Mala Airport (AAM), South Africa. None of the 13 occupants were injured.
The captain, pilot flying, reported that after start up on the apron he taxied the aircraft towards the threshold of runway 16 and everything was normal. As the aircraft began moving down the hill on the taxiway for runway 16, the aircraft drifted off to the left of the centre line. He applied corrective action to the right but was unsuccessful. The aircraft continued drifting towards the left and departed the taxiway. He then applied maximum brakes but was unsuccessful. He then requested the first officer to apply brakes on the right hand side but this was also unsuccessful. The aircraft continued rolling, ended up in a ditch and collided with an embankment. Investigation revealed no anomalies with the rudder/brake system.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Poor airmanship."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 113 days (4 months)
Accident number: CA18/2/3/9291
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Runway excursion

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Distance from Mala Mala Airport to Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport as the crow flies is 361 km (226 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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