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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232088
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Time:16:12 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic FK14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
B&F Technik FK14B Polaris
Registration: ZU-EWD
MSN: 14-052
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Springs -   South Africa
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Springs (FASI)
Destination airport:Springs (FASI)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
On Sunday 12 January 2020, at approximately 1612Z, a pilot accompanied by a passenger on-board a FK 14B Polaris aircraft, with registration mark ZU-EWD, took off on a local private flight from Runway 03 at Springs Aerodrome (FASI) with the intention to land back at the same aerodrome.
Two eyewitnesses had observed the aircraft taking off. They stated that after take-off, the aircraft made a sharp right turn before it entered a stall, which resulted in the aircraft spinning and subsequently, crashed. The eyewitnesses reported that they saw a puff of white smoke coming from the aircraft just before it crashed. A surveillance camera located outside a hangar south-east of the accident site captured the ZU-EWD aircraft spinning moments before it crashed. The aircraft was destroyed on impact and both occupants were fatally injured.
The aircraft took off with the right tank almost empty and with minimum fuel in the left tank. It is probable that after take-off, the engine started spluttering and later stopped, which might have led the pilot to attempt to do 180 turn to return to the aerodrome. The pilot had then executed a right-side turn, but it was steep (left wing high and almost at 90 bank angle). Thus, the aircraft entered a stall which led to a spin from which the pilot could not recover.

Probable Cause/s and/or Contributory Factors
The aircraft stalled during a steep right turn following an engine stoppage. This resulted in a right-side spin from which the pilot could not recover.

Contributory Factor:
Engine stoppage during take-off due to fuel starvation.
Inadequate pre-flight inspection.

Sources: (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

13-Jan-2020 06:17 gerard57 Added
13-Jan-2020 06:18 gerard57 Updated [Date]
13-Jan-2020 09:49 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
13-Jan-2020 09:55 Anon. Updated [Registration]
13-Jan-2020 10:02 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Source]
13-Jan-2020 14:05 RobertMB Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]

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