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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17730
Last updated: 9 October 2020
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Date:18-JAN-2005
Time:14:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ted Smith Aerostar 600
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N7478S
C/n / msn: 60-0041-90
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Ergenis Farm 7km south of Cornelia, Free State -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:FAWB (Wonderboom)
Destination airport:FAHR (Harrismith)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Narrative:
The American registered Smith 600 Aerostar took off from Wonderboom Airport near Pretoria at 16:30 on a one hour flight to Harrismith in the Free State. On board were the owner and pilot, well known and much respected Dirk de Vos, Gerhard Bekker, an architect from Harrismith, Edwin Mahabeer, an engineer from Durban and two of South Africa's top cyclists, Jaco Odendaal and Jaco de Witt, both aged 22.

According to the official weather report, the most likely weather conditions at the place of the accident were partly cloudy with isolated thundershowers. Although there were no eyewitnesses to the accident, local inhabitants reported a severe storm in the vicinity of the accident site at the estimated time of the accident.

Probable Cause
The pilot may have lost control of the aircraft due to adverse weather conditions and entered a spiral whilst descending for landing at Harrismith.

Sources:

1. http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1649105,00.html
2. http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1649114,00.html
3. https://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=qw1106118901891B214
4. https://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=qw110613312178B262
5. https://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20050120133403508C519541
6. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.cyclingforums.com/showthread.php?t=210369]
7. http://www.news24.com/News24/Sport/More_Sport/0,,2-9-32_1649297,00.html
8. http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1649295,00.html
9. http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1649535,00.html
10. http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1649443,00.html

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-May-2008 00:21 Topaz Added
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
05-Jun-2020 11:55 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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