Accident British Aerospace BAe-748-372 Srs. 2B ZS-OJU,
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Date:Saturday 1 June 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
British Aerospace BAe-748-372 Srs. 2B
Owner/operator:Airquarius Aviation
Registration: ZS-OJU
MSN: 1782
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:14226 hours
Cycles:19789 flights
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Dart 535-2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:12,4 km NE of George -   South Africa
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Bloemfontein International Airport (BFN/FABL)
Destination airport:George Airport (GRJ/FAGG)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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 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."


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.

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




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photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Lanseria; November 1999

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