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Last updated: 20 June 2019
Status:Offizieller Zwischenbericht
Datum:Montag 7 Dezember 2015
Zeit: 10:55
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic EA50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eclipse 500
Fluggesellschaft:Dixco Transport (Pty) Ltd
Kennzeichen: ZS-DKS
Werknummer: 000142
Baujahr: 2008
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:33 km (20.6 Meilen) SW of Swellendam, Western Cape (   Südafrika)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Lanseria Airport (HLA/FALA), Südafrika
Flug nach:Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT), Südafrika
The aircraft was en route from Lanseria Airport to Cape Town International. As it approached at 36,000 feet, It appeared to have been vectored along an airway towards the Caledon VOR (VHF omnidirectional range, a radio navigation aid). In the vicinity of Greyton in the Western Cape, radio contact with the aircraft was lost. The aircraft then proceeded to make a right hand turn followed by a further three right hand turns while traveling in an easterly direction and at the same time losing height. During the course of these events, Air Traffic and Navigation Services tried in vain on all frequencies to make contact with the aircraft. A Gripen jet from the Test Flight and Development Centre based at Air Force Base Overberg near Bredasdorp was tasked to intercept the aircraft. The Gripen was scrambled and came alongside the Eclipse within 15 minutes. Despite further attempts to make contact with the aircraft, it entered a spiraling descent at a rate of 3,700 fpm and It crashed in an open field. Hypoxia or pilot incapacitation have been cited as possible reasons for the erratic flight path and lack of response.

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photo of Eclipse-500-ZS-DKS
accident date: 07-12-2015
type: Eclipse 500
registration: ZS-DKS

Video, social media

N2711H aka ZS-DKS Crash Radar Track from Ron Lebel on Vimeo.

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Lanseria Airport to Cape Town International Airport as the crow flies is 1261 km (788 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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