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.
|Date:||12 March 2017||Investigation status:||Active|
|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|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Jabiru Aircraft Pty Ltd|
|Aircraft model||Jabiru UL|
|Type of operation||Unknown|
|Damage to aircraft||Substantial|