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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 248868
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Date:17-MAR-2021
Time:
Type:Patchen TSC-2 Explorer 2000
Owner/operator:South African Air Force Museum (SAAF)
Registration: ZU-UGF
MSN: 2000
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Swartkop Air Force Base (FASK), Gauteng -   South Africa
Phase: Approach
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Swartkop Air Force Base (FASK)
Destination airport:Swartkop Air Force Base (FASK)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Narrative:
The aircraft, a one off Patchen TSC-2 Explorer 2000 reconnaissance aircraft, impacted the terrain while on approach to the Swartkop Air Force Base (FASK), Gauteng, South Africa.
The vintage airplane was destroyed by an ensuing post crash fire and the two people onboard were fatally injured.

The Explorer was developed for pipeline patrol operation, aerial photography and law enforcement agencies. The prototype was shipped to South Africa and evaluated by the SAAF’s Test Flight and Development Centre for use as a light recon forward air control aircraft, but was not quite what was required. As a result it languished in a hangar for many years before being donated to the SAAF Museum.

One witness reported that the airplane flew over his home sputtering badly.

Sources:

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-03-17-sa-air-force-museum-aircraft-crashes-at-swartkop-air-force-base

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Patchen_TSC-2_Explorer_%E2%80%982000%E2%80%99_(ZU-UGF)_(16670648338).jpg (photo)

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Mar-2021 12:23 Captain Adam Added
17-Mar-2021 12:24 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Narrative]
17-Mar-2021 14:36 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code]
18-Mar-2021 19:56 Anon. Updated [Embed code]
18-Mar-2021 19:56 harro Updated [Narrative]

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