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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 244504
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CH65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Zenith CH 650B Zodiac
Registration: ZU-IIJ
MSN: 65-10377
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Paradise Beach Airport (FAPX), Jeffrey’s Bay -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Jeffreysbaal-Paradise Beach Airport (FAPX)
Destination airport:Jeffreysbaal-Paradise Beach Airport (FAPX)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
On Friday morning, 30 October 2020 at approximately 0700Z, a pilot accompanied by a passenger took off from Runway 26 at Paradise Beach Aerodrome (FAPX) on a local pleasure flight.
The pilot stated that once airborne, they met up with another aircraft and flew together in a loose formation. On their return to FAPX, the two aircraft spaced out for landing, with ZU-IIJ planning to land second on Runway 26. The pilot stated that when they were approximately 4 minutes out for landing at FAPX, they experienced severe vibration which originated from the propeller. He stated that the propeller revolutions per minute (rpm) on the digital gauge in the cockpit, which were set at 2 500 rpm, were fluctuating and flickering.
He then advised the pilot of the other aircraft of their situation and requested that he (ZU-IIJ) lands first. While turning base leg onto final approach for Runway 26 at a height of approximately 200 feet (ft) above ground level (AGL), the engine stopped. The pilot was unable to make it to the destined runway due to a high rate of descent. He then opted to execute a forced landing in a dense vegetation. The aircraft was substantially damaged during landing. The two occupants sustained minor injuries and were treated on site by emergency services personnel who had responded to the accident scene.

Engine power loss during a descent for landing which was likely caused by the carburettor icing, resulting in an engine splatter and vibration and a subsequent unsuccessful forced landing.

Sources: (video)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

30-Oct-2020 08:41 gerard57 Added
30-Oct-2020 09:44 gerard57 Updated [Source]
30-Oct-2020 10:31 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Oct-2020 10:54 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2020 10:56 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
30-Oct-2020 20:46 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
13-Nov-2020 18:27 harro Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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