Accident Rainbow Cheetah ZU-FAS, 26 Feb 2022
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 279149
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Type:Rainbow Cheetah
Registration: ZU-FAS
MSN: CH029
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:New Tempe Aerodrome (FATP) -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Bloemfontein/New Tempe (FATP)
Destination airport:Bloemfontein/New Tempe (FATP)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
As soon as the pilot applied power to initiate the take-off roll, the nose gear broke off at the fork and the aircraft’s nose pitched down, resulting in the propeller blades striking the ground.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage, however, both occupants were not injured.

Probable cause:
The nose gear fork failed due to an undetected crack during the last inspection.
Contributing factors:
1. Non-recording of landings by the pilot/s and/or operator.
2. Lack of proper maintenance inspection as per the manufacturer’s SB.
3. Non-adherence to the 50 landings maintenance inspection as per the manufacturer’s SB.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

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