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Last updated: 23 April 2021
Date:Sunday 21 August 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Britten-Norman BN-2B-27 Islander
Operator:B.D. Bendall
Registration: ZS-PCJ
MSN: 869
First flight: 1978-07-24 (27 years 1 months)
Total airframe hrs:7670
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Durban-Virginia Airport (VIR) (   South Africa)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Manzengwenya Aerodrome, South Africa
Destination airport:Durban-Virginia Airport (VIR/FAVG), South Africa
The pilot accompanied by five passengers took off from Manzengwenya Aerodrome on a chartered flight to Virginia Aerodrome. The pilot reported that although it was drizzling, visibility was good. He reported his position to the Virginia Air Traffic Controller and requested joining instructions. The ATC cleared the pilot to land on runway 05. When he was on short finals, the tower noticed that the aircraft was drifting away from the runway centerline and called the pilot. The pilot stated that he experienced engine problems and that he was initiating a go around.
The aircraft banked to the left and away from the runway centerline, and the pilot allowed the aircraft to continue flying over the nearby M4 highway and then towards a residential area. The aircraft then impacted the roof of a house with its left wing and nose first. It came to rest in a tail high and inverted position.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot employed a incorrect go-around technique and took inappropriate actions during the emergency situation, which aggravated the situation.
Contributory Factors:
(i). Prevalent carburettor icing probability conditions for any power setting.
(ii). Lack of experience of the pilot on the aircraft type."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Ref. No: CA18/2/3/8003
Download report: Final report

» CAA S.A. Report Ref. No: CA18/2/3/8003


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