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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 246965
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:21-JAN-2021
Time:15:45 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-402B
Owner/operator:Proman Lugbespruiting
Registration: ZS-TCJ
MSN: 402B-1297
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:between Bultfontein and Hoopstad, Free State -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Hoopstad
Destination airport:Hoopstad
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Narrative:
The aircraft had commenced with crop-spraying operation at approximately 1150Z with the first full load of crop-spraying solution loaded on-board. According to the ground crew member who was helping the pilot with the loading of the crop-spraying solution and fuel upliftment, the pilot was expected to spray two sectors on the same farm. The aircraft made three landings between crop-spraying operation flights to load the crop-spraying solution; each full load lasted approximately 20 minutes. The last load was undertaken at approximately 1330Z, in which the pilot was to complete the first sector. The aircraft was expected to land back at the farm at approximately 1400Z to load more crop-spray solution for the second sector. The expected landing time passed; however, the aircraft was observed still flying in a pattern used for crop-spraying over the farm. The last sound of the aircraft was heard at approximately 1545Z in the same area where it was last seen flying over the crop field.
The aircraft was found in an inverted position in a maize crop farm. The pilot was trapped inside the cockpit and had succumbed to his injuries. The aircraft was destroyed during the accident.

Sources:

ASA News
https://www.algoafm.co.za/domestic/crop-spraying-pilot-killed-in-free-state-accident
https://www.saps.gov.za/newsroom/msspeechdetail.php?nid=30530
http://www.caa.co.za/Latest%20Accident%20Reports/Preliminary%20Report%20ZS-TCJ.pdf

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Photo: South African Police Service

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jan-2021 12:53 paulm7010 Added
22-Jan-2021 12:54 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
22-Jan-2021 12:56 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
22-Jan-2021 12:57 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Photo]
23-Jan-2021 10:40 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
19-Feb-2021 17:12 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative, Category]

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