Accident Tecnam P92 Echo ZU-BJY, 02 Jun 2021
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 269020
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Time:14:28 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic ECHO model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tecnam P92 Echo
Owner/operator:Appelo Aviation
Registration: ZU-BJY
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Johannesburg-Grand Central Airport (GCJ/FAGC) -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Johannesburg-Grand Central Airport (GCJ/FAGC)
Destination airport:Johannesburg-Grand Central Airport (GCJ/FAGC)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On Wednesday afternoon, 2 June 2021, an instructor and a student pilot on-board a Tecnam P92 Echo with registration marking ZU-BJY took off from Runway 17 at Grand Central Airport (FAGC) on a circuit-and-landing training flight. After the sixth circuit and after touch down, the aircraft veered off to the left of the runway. The instructor took over control and applied right rudder, but the aircraft continued to veer off to the left. The aircraft exited the runway and came to a stop on the grass-covered surface on the left-side of Runway 17. The left landing gear was substantially damaged during landing, and both occupants on-board the aircraft were not injured.
Following the accident, it was discovered that the two main left landing gear attachment bolts had failed, likely caused by the lack of proper inspection as per the aircraft maintenance manual (AMM).

Probable Cause
During the landing roll, the aircraft veered off to the left of Runway 17 as a result of the failure of two left gear attachment bolts and nuts. The failure of the bolts and nuts was most likely caused by the lack of proper inspection as stated in the aircraft maintenance manual.
Contributory factors:
1. Lack of proper inspection when inspecting the bolts for cracks as required by the AMM.
2 Manufacturer requiring only a visual check when inspecting the attachment bolts and nuts instead of a non-destructive test (NDT).



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

17-Oct-2021 12:32 harro Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Category]

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