Accident Aveko VL-3A-1 Flamingo ZU-NKC,
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Date:Sunday 27 June 2021
Time:10:32 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic VL3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aveko VL-3A-1 Flamingo
Registration: ZU-NKC
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Geelbos farm, Standerton -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Nelspruit Airport (NLP/FANS)
Destination airport:Geelbos farm Airstrip, Standerton
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On Sunday, 27 June 2021, the pilot being the sole occupant on-board a two-seat Flamingo VL 3A1 aircraft with registration ZU-NKC was on a private flight from Nelspruit Aerodrome (FANS) destined for Geelbos farm airstrip situated in Standerton, Mpumalanga province, when the accident occurred. The flight was conducted under Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) by day and no flight plan was filed.
The aircraft took off uneventfully from FANS and climbed to 6500 feet at 135 knots indicated air speed (IAS). After one hour of flight time, the pilot approached the farm’s airstrip for a full stop landing; and all was normal. He then extended the landing gear and executed an uneventful landing on the gravel runway at 60 knots IAS. However, during the landing roll as the aircraft’s speed decreased, the nose gear collapsed, and the propeller blades struck the ground.
The aircraft was substantially damaged during the accident sequence; however, the pilot was not

The investigation concluded that the nose gear strut broke off because of the presence of an existing fatigue crack (rusted area observed) most probably caused by previous hard landings. The fatigue crack gradually grew in service undetected until the nose gear broke off due to overload.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

22-Sep-2021 07:16 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Sep-2021 07:17 harro Updated [Category]

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