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Last updated: 25 June 2019
Status:Voorlopig - officieel
Datum:maandag 7 december 2015
Tijd: 10:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic EA50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eclipse 500
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Dixco Transport (Pty) Ltd
Registratie: ZS-DKS
Constructienummer: 000142
Bouwjaar: 2008
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:33 km (20.6 mijl) SW of Swellendam, Western Cape (   Zuid-Afrika)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Privévlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Lanseria Airport (HLA/FALA), Zuid-Afrika
Vliegveld van aankomst:Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT), Zuid-Afrika
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

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

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Lanseria Airport en Cape Town International Airport bedraagt 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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