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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 87028
Last updated: 31 August 2021
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Time:c. 20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8C model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
De Havilland Canada DHC-8-300
Owner/operator:South African Express Airways
Registration: ZS-NLY
MSN: 352
Fatalities:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Runway 20, Kimberley Airport, Northern Cape -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:FAJS (Johannesburg International)
Destination airport:FAKM (Kimberley)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
A South African Express Airways de Havilland Dash 8-300, registration ZS-NLY performing flight XZ-1107/SA-1107 from Johannesburg to Kimberley, had just touched down with its main gear on Kimberley's runway 20, the nose gear about to touch down, when the nose gear struck an aardvark on the runway and bent backwards. The crew managed to stop the aircraft on the runway centre line, no injuries to any passengers occurred. The runway had to be closed until the aircraft could be moved. The aardvark was killed on impact.


1. Accident: SA Express DH8C at Kimberly on Jul 16th 2010, aardvark strike

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


Photo of ZS-NLY courtesy

Johannesburg - OR Tambo International (FAOR / JNB)
16 March 2003; (c) LRS747

Revision history:

28-Dec-2010 12:50 Topaz Added

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