Date & Time: Aug 14, 2011 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Piaggio P.166
Operator:
Registration:
ZU-MMI
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tzaneen - Johannesburg
MSN:
462
YOM:
1973
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
6
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Captain / Total flying hours:
2893
Aircraft flight hours:
4501
Circumstances:
With a second Piaggio P.166 registered ZS-NJX, ZU-MMI was leaving Tzaneen-Limpopo Airport for Rand Airport near Johannesburg after taking part to an airshow. Few minutes after takeoff, while cruising at 1,570 metres, both aircraft hit Mamotswiri Peak located 32 km southwest from Tzaneen. SAR found debris and arrived on the scene two days later, in the morning of 16AUG2011. All thirteen occupants on both aircraft were killed. Authorities confirmed the accident was not caused by a midair collision and none of the pilots sent a distress call prior to the crash. At the time of the accident, Mamotswiri Peak was shrouded by clouds and both aircraft crashed 35 metres from the top.
Causes:
Probable Cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.
Contributory factors:
- Lack of proper flight planning,
- Low Clouds.
Final Report:
ZU-MMI.pdf2.41 MB