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Last updated: 31 July 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 22 avril 1999
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-23
Opérant pour:Zimbabwe Express Airlines
Loué à :Million Air Charter
Immatriculation: ZS-IJE
Numéro de série: 18443/111
Année de Fabrication: 1965-01-25 (34 years 3 months)
Moteurs: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 8
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 58
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 66
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Johannesburg (   Afrique du Sud)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Harare Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe
Aéroport de destination:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), Afrique du Sud
The aircraft was on a flight from Harare to Johannesburg International Airport, cruising at FL350 when the aircraft was cleared inbound to HBV for landing on runway 03 at Johannesburg. The aircraft then started to descend approximately 90nm from JSV when the radar indicated two small cells in the vicinity of HBV. The pilot reduced the IAS to 250 knots and maneuvered the aircraft to the east of track to avoid these cells when he experienced light turbulence as the aircraft passed abeam the cells. Approximately 10 nm after passing the cells, the pilot experienced a severe updraft with the aircraft climbing between 1500 to
2000 feet/min at FL200 an IAS of 230 knots. During the updraft however, the pilot encountered severe turbulence followed by very large hailstones for approximately 30 seconds. The aircraft then flew into VMC conditions after approximately 1 minute. According to the pilot, the Radar showed no returns to indicate any hail. The aircraft landed safely at Johannesburg without any further incident. No injuries were sustained to the crew or passengers. The aircraft was damaged beyond economical repair due to hail damage.
The Flight Engineer of the aircraft added "due to poor unreliable equipment, being the radar, no returns were painted and we penetrated what appeared to be an embedded cell.".

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Aircraft encountered severe turbulence and was subjected to severe hail damage during descent for landing at FAJS."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: J10/2/7070
Download report: Final report

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photo of Boeing-727-23-ZS-IJE
accident date: 22-04-1999
type: Boeing 727-23
registration: ZS-IJE
photo of Boeing-727-23-ZS-IJE
accident date: 22-04-1999
type: Boeing 727-23
registration: ZS-IJE

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 Harare Airport et Johannesburg International Airport est de 955 km (597 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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