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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66051
Last updated: 10 November 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BE35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft V35B Bonanza
Owner/operator:Newcastle King's Hotel (Pty) Ltd
Registration: ZS-IBG
C/n / msn: D-9074
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Runway 10, Volksrus Aerodrome -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:FATP (New Tempe)
Destination airport:FAVU (Volksrus)
The pilot was on a private flight from New Tempe aerodrome to Volksrus when he experienced electrical failure while approximately 40nm inbound to Volksrus. Due to the electrical failure, the pilot was not able to extend the gear or flap normally on arrival at Volksrus, and had to lower the gear manually using the emergency extension system. The pilot also contacted a friend via his cell phone, who verified that the gear was in the extended position prior to landing. The pilot executed a flap-less approach and landed on Runway 10. Approximately 90m after touch-down, the right-hand main gear collapsed followed by the left-hand- and nose gear, causing the aircraft to skid on its belly and veer off the right-hand side of the runway. Minor damage was caused to the aircraft belly and propeller. No injuries were sustained. After fitting a different battery and serviceable propeller, the aircraft was flown to Wonderboom with no further incident and with all electrical indications normal. The voltage regulator, which had on a previous occasion caused electrical problems, was tested and found to operate satisfactory. No other electrical fault was found.

Probable Cause:
The cause for the electrical failure could not be determined. The fact that the landing gear collapsed indicates that the gear was not driven into the proper down-lock position. Whether this was a result of incorrect rigging or failure on the part of the pilot to drive the gear into the fully extended position could not be established with certainty.


1. SACAA Accident Report 7281

Revision history:

29-Jun-2009 14:38 Topaz Added

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