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Last updated: 24 June 2019
Statuts:Enquête Préliminaire
Date:lundi 7 décembre 2015
Heure: 10:55
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic EA50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eclipse 500
Compagnie:Dixco Transport (Pty) Ltd
Immatriculation: ZS-DKS
Numéro de série: 000142
Année de Fabrication: 2008
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-A
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:33 km (20.6 milles) SW of Swellendam, Western Cape (   Afrique du Sud)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Privé
Aéroport de départ:Lanseria Airport (HLA/FALA), Afrique du Sud
Aéroport de destination:Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT), Afrique du Sud
Détails:
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.

Sources:
» Pilot of light aircraft dies in Swellendam crash
» EMR Private Ambulance Facebook Page photos
» Kobus Dicks killed in aeroplane tragedy
» Plane crash near N2 between Caledon and Swellendam in Western Cape
» CAA investigate deadly Swellendam plane crash
» Experienced pilot killed as plane crashes near Caledon


Photos

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.

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 Lanseria Airport et Cape Town International Airport est de 1261 km (788 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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