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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 247461
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Time:09:32 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT5T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-502B
Owner/operator:Xcalibur Airborne Geophysics
Registration: ZS-XAT
MSN: 502B-2968
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Koster, North West Province -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lanseria International Airport (HLA/FAL)
Destination airport:Windhoek-Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH/FYWH)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Two AT-502B aircraft with registrations ZS-XAT and ZS-XAS took off from Lanseria International Airport (FALA) on ferry flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport (FYWH) situated in Namibia. The flights were conducted under the provisions of Part 91 of the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) 2011 as amended.
The pilot of ZS-XAS stated that he took off at 0858Z after ZS-XAT aircraft. The two pilots were communicating via very high frequency (VHF) radio during the flight. He (ZS-XAS pilot) then routed right of the planned flight path due to low-hanging clouds; and climbed to FL055. Thereafter, he contacted ZS-XAT pilot, who responded and notified him that he was climbing to FL100 and was flying to the left of the planned flight path. The pilot of ZS-XAS flew towards north of Rustenburg and turned in a south-westerly direction due to the deteriorating weather conditions. He tried to contact ZS-XAT pilot to no avail. He then contacted Johannesburg (JHB) Information to get an update on the weather conditions.
JHB Information advised that the weather was becoming more unfavourable to fly; and the ZS-XAS pilot made a decision to fly back to FALA.
ZS-XAT descended below clouds and impacted terrain near the Letsatsi Game Lodge.

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Revision history:

04-Feb-2021 14:22 gerard57 Added
04-Feb-2021 14:22 gerard57 Updated [Date]
04-Feb-2021 15:00 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Feb-2021 15:05 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
04-Feb-2021 16:48 paulm7010 Updated [Narrative]
04-Feb-2021 16:51 harro Updated [[Narrative]]
04-Feb-2021 20:01 harro Updated [Registration, Narrative]
05-Feb-2021 07:50 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
11-Feb-2021 12:51 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Mar-2021 08:11 harro Updated [Time, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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