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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: Completed
Investigation completed


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.

The CAA have released the final report into this investigation. Any enquires relating to the investigation should be directed to the SACAA at: http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/Default.aspx

General details
Date: 12 March 2017   Investigation status: Completed  
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  
Release date: 17 August 2017   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   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  
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