Accident Cessna 172I Skyhawk ZS-FIF, 25 Feb 2022
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 275899
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Time:07:35 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172I Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Skyhawk Aviation
Registration: ZS-FIF
MSN: 17256705
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Lanseria Airport (FALA) -   South Africa
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Rustenburg (FARG)
Destination airport:Lanseria International Airport (HLA/FALA)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A student pilot on-board a Cessna 172 aircraft with registration ZS-FIF took off on a solo cross-country navigational flight from Lanseria International Aerodrome (FALA).
The student pilot flew from FALA to Brits Aerodrome (FABS), Warmbaths Aerodrome (FAWB) and Pilanesberg Aerodrome (FAPN), where he performed a touch-and-go landing; from there he flew to Rustenburg Aerodrome (FARG) whereafter he returned to FALA with the intention to perform a full stop landing. Following radio communication with air traffic control (ATC) at FALA, the aircraft was cleared to land on Runway 07. The student pilot was number two for landing.
The student pilot stated that while on final approach, the engine started running rough and later stopped. He then attempted to restart the engine and it cranked, but did not restart. He then opted to do a forced landing on an open field he had identified from the air. Prior to conducting a forced landing, the student pilot had broadcasted on the FALA tower frequency 124.00-Megahertz (MHz), “I have engine failure, FIF”. The ATC replied; “Continue with the approach for Runway 07”, whereupon the student pilot replied; “Copy continue Runway 07”. There was no further communication between
the pilot and ATC.
During the forced landing, approximately 50m after touchdown on the open field, the aircraft collided with a concealed embankment of about 40 centimetre (cm) in height. The aircraft’s nose wheel broke off and the aircraft nosed over and came to rest in an inverted attitude approximately 1.1 nautical miles (nm) from the threshold of Runway 07.

Sources: (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

25-Feb-2022 10:19 gerard57 Added
25-Feb-2022 10:21 gerard57 Updated [Source]
25-Feb-2022 10:21 gerard57 Updated [Source]
25-Feb-2022 10:35 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code]
25-Feb-2022 10:39 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code]
25-Feb-2022 10:39 harro Updated [Damage, Narrative]
25-Feb-2022 11:10 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]

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