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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Thursday 18 December 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 200 Super King Air
Operator:Ferox Investment
Registration: ZS-NXH
MSN: BB-37
First flight: 1975
Total airframe hrs:7990
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Lanseria Airport (HLA) (   South Africa)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Mmabatho Mafikeng International Airport (MBD/FAMM), South Africa
Destination airport:Lanseria Airport (HLA/FALA), South Africa
The main gear would not lock in the down position, so an emergency landing was carried out, upon which the main gear collapsed.

Probable Cause:

Failure of the landing gear-gearbox clutch assembly resulting on a 60Amp circuit breaker protecting the electrical motor which was running continually as a result of a faulty clutch assembly.
Contributory factors:
1 Crews failure to use the emergency system when they became aware of the main system failure.
2 The bending of the left main gear actuator which rendered the emergency system inoperable.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: CA18/2/3/8597
Download report: Final report


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Distance from Mmabatho Mafikeng International Airport to Lanseria Airport as the crow flies is 238 km (149 miles).

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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