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Accident
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Samstag 1 November 2008
Zeit:11:00
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Fluggesellschaft:AAA Investments (Pty) Ltd
Kennzeichen: ZS-PCM
Werknummer: 208B-0851
Baujahr: 2000
Betriebsstunden:2659
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:9,4 km (5.9 Meilen) N of Nyala Lodge Airstrip (   Südafrika)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport (PRY/FAWB), Südafrika
Flug nach:Nyala Lodge Airstrip, Südafrika
Unfallbericht:
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, registered ZS-PCM, sustained substantial damage when it crashed on takeoff from a rural airstrip. One passenger was seriously injured.
The pilot, accompanied by five passengers, departed from Wonderboom Airport (PRY) to Nyala Lodge in the Limpopo Province on a chartered flight.
Prior to the takeoff from Wonderboom, the pilot was given the coordinates for the runway at Njala Lodge.
However these coordinates (24° 28' S 027° E) were insufficient for the purpose and resulted in him landing on an incorrect airstrip. Shortly afterwards realized that he had landed on the wrong runway. He turned around at the end of the runway and attempted to take off again, but the aircraft failed to gain height. The pilot then aborted the takeoff but the aircraft collided with a telephone pole and a wire fence.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the left-hand main landing gear, propeller, nose landing and both wings as a result of the collision and the ensuing fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES:
The pilot failed to carry out a proper assessment of the wind conditions. The aircraft failed to gain height as a result of a possible down draft and collided with obstacles on the ground after landing.
The pilot failed to maintain directional control after take-off, resulting in a landing on the left side of the runway after aborting the take-off.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 269 days (9 months)
Accident number: CA18/3/2/8576
Download report: Final report


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pretoria-Wonderboom Airport to Nyala Lodge Airstrip as the crow flies is 135 km (84 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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