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Last updated: 12 December 2019
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:lundi 24 août 1998
Heure:16:46
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aero Modifications AMI DC-3-65TP
Opérant pour:Speed Service Couriers
Loué à :Airworld
Immatriculation: ZS-NKK
Numéro de série: 13143
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65AR
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY) (   Afrique du Sud)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB), Afrique du Sud
Aéroport de destination:Durban-Louis Botha Airport (DUR/FADN), Afrique du Sud
Détails:
The Turbo DC-3 had just undergone a Phase 1 inspection at Pretoria. Final power assurance checks were carried out on the aircraft’s engines on the morning of the accident. The AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer) trimmed the elevator-trim tab to the Full Nose UP position in order to reduce the stick forces required to hold the tail down during the engine power checks, but he did not set the elevator trim back to the neutral position on completion of the checks. The AME was requested by the pilot(s) to remove the aileron and elevator external gust locks and the landing gear down lock pins. He left the rudder lock in place, which was later removed by one of the pilots. The pilot(s) did not carry out a pre-flight inspection. The aircraft then taxied to runway 11 for departure on a mail express flight. At a height of 20 m the aircraft climbed steeply before crashing in a left wing-low attitude. The plane then caught fire. The pilot-in-command, who did not wear a shoulder harness, sustained fatal injuries.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "It would appear that the accident was as a result of the PIC taking-off with the elevator trim set to the full nose-up position. This resulted in the nose of the aircraft pitching up after rotation, causing the pilot to lose control of the aircraft."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: J10/2/6936
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/98 (#122)
» Independent Online
» John Miller
» SA CAA Report J10/2/6936


Photos

photo of AMI-DC-3-65TP-ZS-NKK
accident date: 24-08-1998
type: AMI DC-3-65TP
registration: ZS-NKK
photo of AMI-DC-3-65TP-YV-32CP
accident date: 24-08-1998
type: AMI DC-3-65TP
registration: YV-32CP
 

Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport et Durban-Louis Botha Airport est de 548 km (342 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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