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Last updated: 26 May 2019
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 3 May 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic F900 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dassault Falcon 900EX
Operator:Blueport Trade 121 (Pty) Ltd.
Registration: ZS-DEX
C/n / msn: 65
First flight: 2000
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Johannesburg/Germiston-Rand Airport (QRA) (   South Africa)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT), South Africa
Destination airport:Johannesburg/Germiston-Rand Airport (QRA/FAGM), South Africa
Narrative:
The aircraft was engaged in a domestic flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg-Rand. During a descending turn from base to final runway 17, the pilot in command increased bank angle to avoid an overshoot, and the right wing impacted the top of a tall tree. CAA South Africa stated that this was an assumption, based on the damage sustained, as no impact force was experienced.
While correcting for cross-wind drift before touch down, the left wingtip scraped the runway. the damage to both wingtips was only discovered after aircraft shut down. The damage to the aircraft entails the replacement of the slats, ailerons and wingtips on both wings.

Sources:
» BEA


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Distance from Cape Town International Airport to Johannesburg/Germiston-Rand Airport as the crow flies is 1253 km (783 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from 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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