On March 12, 2017, at about 1015 UTC a pilot and a passenger departed on a private flight from Margate Airport (FAMG) to Light flight Airfield, Cato Ridge, South Africa in a Jabiru UL registered ZU-FIC. The pilot reported that twelve minutes into the flight the aircraft started to lose airspeed. The pilot then set the power to idle and observed the propeller detach from the engine. During the subsequent forced landing in a cane field, the right main wheel broke off. The aircraft then veered to the right and impacted an embankment at which point the nose gear collapsed. The pilot and passenger both sustained minor injuries while the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) commenced an investigation.
As Australia is the State of Design of the aircraft, the ATSB requested to be appointed as an accredited representative to the SACAA investigation in accordance with clause 5.18 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation. An ATSB investigator was appointed as accredited representative to the SACAA. To facilitate support to the SACAA investigation, the ATSB also initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
|Date:||12 March 2017||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1015 UTC||Investigation level:||Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Sizela, South Africa|
|State:||International||Occurrence type:||Engine failure or malfunction|
|Release date:||17 August 2017||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd|
|Aircraft model||Jabiru UL|
|Type of operation||Unknown|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|