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Last updated: 19 July 2018
Date:Tuesday 10 July 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-340
Operator:Rovos Air
Registration: ZS-BRV
C/n / msn: 215
First flight: 1954
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 19
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) ESE of Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY) (   South Africa)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB), South Africa
Destination airport:Sun City-Pilanesberg Airport (NTY/FAPN), South Africa
A Convair 340, registation ZS-BRV, crashed and broke up during a test flight out of Wonderboom Airport, reportedly carrying about 20 occupants.
During takeoff from Wonderboom Airport, the aircraft was seen trailing smoke from the no.1 engine. Eyewitnesses also reported observing flames. The pilot flew a right hand circuit at low altitude for an emergency landing back on runway 29. Having turned to base leg the aircraft went down about 6 km to the east of the airport. It impacted a shed and broke up. The flight engineer sustained fatal injuries.
The aircraft had been donated by the owner, Rovos Air, to the Dutch aviation theme park Aviodrome. It carried the colour scheme of the former Dutch airline Martin's Air Charter (later renamed Martinair) and was to be ferried to the Netherlands with an expected arrival at Lelystad Airport on July 23, 2018. The accident flight was the final test flight before the planned start of the ferry flight on July 12.

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
6 Oct. 1954 54-2813 USAF delivered as C-131D Samaritan
1987 USAF withdrawn from use, stored at MASDC Davis·Monthan AFB, USA
28 July 1992 N43891 R. Smirnow registered
31 July 1992 CP-2236 Lineas Aereas Canedo registered
May 1996 YV-913C Caribbean Flights
Sept. 1997 CP-2236 Lineas Aereas Canedo returned
5 Dec. 2001 ZS-BRV Rovos Air registered
27 Feb. 2011 ZS-BRV Rovos Air withdrawn from us & stored at Wonderboom
May 2018 ZS-BRV Aviodrome donated

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 Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport to Sun City-Pilanesberg Airport as the crow flies is 111 km (69 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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