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Last updated: 17 November 2019
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Date:Saturday 8 October 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III-2
Operator:Southern Aviation
Registration: ZS-JYF
C/n / msn: 1031
First flight: 1976
Engines: 3 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lanseria Airport (HLA) (   South Africa)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Demonstration
Departure airport:Lanseria Airport (HLA/FALA), South Africa
Destination airport:Lanseria Airport (HLA/FALA), South Africa
Narrative:
The Trislander struck terrain while performing a stall turn during an air display at the Air Show Africa at Lanseria, South Africa. The undercarriage and right hand engine broke off. Of the controls, only flaps and elevator trim tabs were left working. The linkage to tail (the rudder and elevator) was also broken.
The airplane got airborne again and the pilot carried out a crash-landing near the airport.

Sources:
» Avcom: Trislander operations in SA (forum posts)
» Thomas Brügge
» BNAPS News January 2017


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