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SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT
Aircraft Registration Type of Aircraft Pilot-in-command Licence Type Pilot-in-command Flying Experience Last point of departure Next point of intended landing ZS-PAP Date of Accident 19 August 2005 Type of Operation Age 15.5 20 Time of Accident Training Licence Valid Hours on Type Yes 15.5 0645Z

Piper PA 28-140 Student Total Flying Hours

Port Alfred Aerodrome Port Alfred Aerodrome

Location of the accident site with reference to easily defined geographical points (GPS readings if possible) Left hand side of Runway 28 at Port Alfred Aerodrome Meteorological Information Number of people on board The pilot reported fine weather conditions: Surface wind: light and variable; 290° knots; QNH: 1014 hPa; Temperature: 16° Visibility: CAVOK /05 C; 1+0 No. of people injured 0 No. of people killed 0

Synopsis The student pilot was on a consolidation flight after he flew with the instructor for 0.8 hours. The instructor stated that he flew with him for 5 circuits and landings and then sent him to fly solo after finding that his flying was satisfactory. During rotation and after the third landing of his solo while applying power, the student pilot lost directional control and in an attempt to recover, the aircraft veered off to the left of the runway. The nose-wheel dug into the ground and failed causing the aircraft to nose over. The aircraft was severely damaged but the pilot was not injured. The pilot was the holder of a valid Student pilot Licence and the aircraft type was endorsed onto his licence. He was also the holder of a valid medical certificate issued on the 03 August 2005 with the expiry date of 31 August 2006 with no restrictions. According to available records the aircraft was properly maintained. It had accumulated a total of 1171.9 airframe hours at the time of the accident. The engine and the propeller had accumulated a total of 1069 and 1638 hours respectively since the last overhaul. The last MPI was certified on 29 July 2005 with a total of 1166.9 airframe hours. A total of 50 airframe hours was flown since the last MPI was carried out. According to available maintenance records all SB’s and AD’s were complied with. The AMO was audited in the last two years and the last audit prior to the accident was carried out on 26 July 2005. The training school was in possession of a valid Aviation Training Organisation Certificate issued on 25 April 2005. The training school was audited in the last two years and the last audit prior to the accident was carried out on 08 April 2005. No major findings were identified. Probable Cause Pilot failed to compensate adequately with the rudder controls while applying power, which resulted in him loosing directional control of the aircraft and it veering off to the left of the runway. Contributing factor could be attributed to the minimum experience of the pilot.
IARC Date Release Date

CA 12-13a

11 MAY 2005

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