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Last updated: 28 October 2021
Estado:Final
Fecha:lunes 10 enero 2011
Hora:20:50
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2T5
Operador:Safair
Registración: ZS-SGX
Numéro de série: 22396/730
Año de Construcción: 1981-01-16 (30 years )
Horas Totales de la Célula:70094
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15 (HK3)
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Ubicación:Hoedspruit AFB (HDS) (   Sudáfrica)
Fase: Carreteando (TXI)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Hoedspruit Airport (HDS/FAHS), Sudáfrica
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB/FAOR), Sudáfrica
Descripción:
A Boeing 737-2T5 passenger jet, registered ZS-SGX, sustained substantial damage in an accident at Hoedspruit AFB (HDS), South Africa. There were no fatalities. The airplane operated on a flight from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) to Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).
Whilst taxiing to the cleared holding point for takeoff from runway 18, the pilot switched off the landing lights to avoid blinding an approaching aircraft. As a result, he overshot the turning point at taxiway C in the darkness and found himself at the end of taxiway A with insufficient space to turn around. According to him, he decided to maneuvre the aircraft out of the "dead end" by turning into the last taxiway, which led to military hangars, and then reversing the aircraft to carry out a 180° turn. This was to be done without external guidance. Whilst reversing the aircraft, the pilot failed to stop it in time, the main wheels rolled off the edge of the taxiway and the aircraft slipped down a steep embankment, coming to rest with the nose-wheel still on the taxiway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inappropriate decision by the captain to reverse the aircraft at night without external guidance."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: CA18/3/2/0825
Download report: Final report

Fuentes:
» Nick Elzinga
» Hoedspruit (FAHS) Aerodrome chart


Fotos

photo of Boeing-737-2T5-ZS-SGX
accident date: 10-01-2011
type: Boeing 737-2T5
registration: ZS-SGX
photo of Boeing-737-2T5-ZS-SGX
accident date: 10-01-2011
type: Boeing 737-2T5
registration: ZS-SGX
photo of Boeing-737-2T5-ZS-SGX
accident date: 10-01-2011
type: Boeing 737-2T5
registration: ZS-SGX
photo of Boeing-737-2T5-ZS-SGX
accident date: 10-01-2011
type: Boeing 737-2T5
registration: ZS-SGX
 

Map
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 Hoedspruit Airport to Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport as the crow flies is 343 km (214 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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