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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  
Location   (show map):near Sizela, South Africa Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Engine failure or malfunction 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
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 
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Last update 14 November 2018