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Last updated: 18 October 2019
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Date:Wednesday 14 July 1982
Time:16:35 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IV
Operating for:South African Air Force - SAAF
Leased from:South African Police
Registration: ZS-JLZ
C/n / msn: AT-040
First flight: 1975
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Waterkloof Air Force Base (WKF) (   South Africa)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Waterkloof Air Force Base (WKF/FAWK), South Africa
Narrative:
A Merlin IV, operated by the South African Air Force, and a Piper PA-31 Navajo (ZS-KTX) crashed south of Pretoria, South Africa, following a mid-air collision.
The Merlin aircraft was returning from Namibia and was descending onto a wide left hand base-leg to land at Waterkloof Air Force Base when the aircraft collided. The Navajo had just taken off from Lanseria and was in the climb on a flight to Wonderboom Airport.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» SAAF Attrition Summaries
» *LEST WE FORGET* - 14 JULY


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