Crash at Plett airport (SF25 on 2 Dec 2019)

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Crash at Plett airport (SF25 on 2 Dec 2019)

Unread post by Peter Bailey » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:51 pm

Facebook post of a small plane down at Plett business park ? A vague pic but possible a motor glider ?
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Re: Crash at Plett airport.

Unread post by Steve » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:13 pm

https://www.knysnaplettherald.com/News/ ... 1912020648
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PLETT: 1 KILLED IN LIGHT AIRCRAFT CRASH
PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - One person was killed when a light aircraft crashed near Plettenberg Bay Airport this evening.

Another occupant is in a critical condition.

The cause of the accident is not yet known.

The wreckage of the aircraft is in the Plett Airport Business Park.

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Unread post by jimdavis » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:18 pm

Certainly doesn't look as if weather was a problem.

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Re: Crash at Plett airport.

Unread post by plettpc » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:34 pm

jimdavis wrote:
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Certainly doesn't look as if weather was a problem.

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We were having a few quite brisk gusts at the time Jim. The crash site seems like a about a hundred metres left of the centreline, approx abeam the threshhold. RIP Aviator and a full recovery to the survivor, I'm not sure from the pics,,but Im hoping to be wrong!!!
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Re: Crash at Plett airport.

Unread post by jimdavis » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:38 pm

plettpc wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:34 pm
jimdavis wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:18 pm
Certainly doesn't look as if weather was a problem.

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We were having a few quite brisk gusts at the time Jim. The crash site seems like a about a hundred metres left of the centreline, approx abeam the threshhold. RIP Aviator and a full recovery to the survivor, I'm not sure from the pics,,but Im hoping to be wrong!!!
Thanks Plettpc. What type of aircraft is it?

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Unread post by ACE MAN » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:56 pm

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Re: Crash at Plett airport.

Unread post by plettpc » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:00 pm

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Thanks Plettpc. What type of aircraft is it?

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The pics are very vague, and Im certainly hoping its not our resident Motor Glider as the colours suggest. Seems it is,,refering to the last post,,, Im shattered.

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Unread post by Romeo E.T. » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:10 pm

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Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:15 pm

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Re: Crash at Plett airport.

Unread post by jimdavis » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:36 pm

Thanks folks. Wow, he has been flying that aircraft in that area for a hell of a long time. He must know the aircraft and every wire in the vicinity very well. It must have been something unusual for such a slow, and gentle aeroplane to come down so hard,

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Re: Crash at Plett airport.

Unread post by Goffel » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:54 pm

Funny how time always proves one right.

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Re: Crash at Plett airport.

Unread post by apollo11 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:05 pm

Somebody once told me these particularly designed motor gliders have a weird elevator bolt setup that has to be very carefully checked for corrosion and fatigue as if it fails one gets a severe elevator failure?
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Unread post by Ken25n » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:11 pm

Goffel, please explain...?
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Re: Crash at Plett airport.

Unread post by Scrapyard Dog » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:17 pm

Pure speculation, as a glider pilot.
Maybe engine off soaring flight, couldn’t get it started again, those Limbach motors can be a b@st@rd to restart when cold soaked, and trying to stretch a glide?
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