ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17727
Last updated: 26 March 2017
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Narrative:The aircraft took off from Springbok Aerodrome to Springs Aerodrome early in the morning under typical night conditions when the Eastern sky just started lighting up. The aircraft entered a tight left-hand turn after take-off and impacted the mountain initially with its right-hand wing and rolled over to impact the top surface of the mountain in an inverted attitude. The pilot was fatally injured during the impact. No defects were detected with the aircraft or its systems. Although the pilot was night rated, he had not flown in night conditions in the previous 23 months.
Navion H Rangermaster
|C/n / msn:|| NAV-4-2508|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||About 1 nm north-east of the Springbok Aerodrome -
|Phase:|| Initial climb|
|Departure airport:||FASB (Springbok)|
|Destination airport:||FASI (Springs)|
The pilot suffered from spacial disorientation during the take-off in the night/very early morning light conditions and lost control of the aircraft.
1. SACAA Report