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Accredited representative (State of Design) to the South African Civil Aviation Authority investigation of an engine failure involving Jabiru UL registered ZU-FIC, near Sizela, South Africa on 12 March 2017

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


On March 12, 2017, at about 1015 UTC a pilot and a passenger departed Margate aerodrome in a Shadow Lite CC Jabiru UL on a ferry flight to Catoridge. The pilot reported that twelve minutes into the flight the engine started to lose power. The pilot then set the power to idle and observed the propeller detach from the engine. During the forced landing in a cane field, the right main gear 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 investigation, conducted by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, is continuing.

General details
Date: 12 March 2017   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1015 UTC   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Sizela, South Africa    
State: International   Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Minor  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model Jabiru UL  
Aircraft registration ZU-FIC  
Serial number 054  
Type of operation Unknown  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 14 November 2018