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All African Airways Accidents and Incidents

All African Airways Accidents and Incidents

The following accidents and incidents were reported by All African Airways pilots:

Date and time: 11 Jan 2024, 20:48 // 22:21 Aircraft: CRJ7 - ZS-CRI ( Tundavala Gap) Weather conditions: Calm
Planned departure: Johannesburg (FAOR) Planned arrival: George (FAGG) Flight number: RFK 007
Souls on board: 56 Casualties: None, no fatalities Incident type: Operational Weights exceeded for both departure and landing
Incident description: The pilot in command of the aircraft, a Senior Captain, who was not type-rated on the aircraft, conducted the flight under normal conditions, and exceeded the Maximum Takeoff weight and Maximum landing weight at the departure and destination airfields respectively. This led to a total NewSky flight score of 7.05, together with some penalties to the VA.
Final report: The pilot found that the recommended Simbrief profile for the aircraft was incorrect, corresponding to a CRJ550 and not the CRJ700, which explains the reduced pax to around 50, instead closer to 70. The simbrief profile was since corrected and no further actions need to be taken at this time.
Recommendations: Pilots and Fleet Managers to work closely together to ensure that Simbrief profiles for new aircraft are up to standard and within normal operation envelopes.

Date and time: 01 Jan 2024, 23:50 Aircraft: A306F - ZS-SQR (Ngorongoro Crater) Weather conditions: Calm
Planned departure: Cape Town (FACT) Planned arrival: Johannesburg (FAOR) Flight number: RFK-400
Souls on board: 1 Casualties: None, no fatalities Incident type: Veering off runway during landing
Incident description: The pilot in command of the aircraft, a Senior Captain, who was not type-rated on the aircraft, touched down at Oliver Tambo International airport (FAOR), Runway 03L and veered off the runway, due to controller calibration issues. He proceeded with a go-around, and subsequently landed safely on runway 03L. He then exited the runway and proceeded to the gate, where the aircraft was inspected.
Final report: The pilot failed to ensure that his controllers were properly calibrated prior to the flight, which led to the incident just after initial touch-down. The aircraft was inspected and since no structural damage was found, it was released back into service the next day.
Recommendations: Pilots must confirm proper controller calibration at all times, especially when flying with new or unfamiliar aircraft.

Date and time: 03 Jan 2023, 12:55 Aircraft: Airbus A310 (TU-USS) Weather conditions: Clear skies
Planned departure: Abidjan (DIAP) Planned arrival: Johannesburg (FAOR) Flight number: FK09
Souls on board: 219 Casualties: 4 minor, no fatalities Incident type: Hard landing
Incident description: The pilot in command of the aircraft, a Commercial Flight Captain, who was rated on the aircraft, touched down at Oliver Tambo International airport (FAOR) with an excessive vertical speed of -740 fpm, after an ILS approach to runway 03L. He then exited the runway and proceeded to the gate, where the aircraft was left for inspection. 4 Passengers reported minor discomfort and stress as a result of this incident.
Final report: The pilot failed to ensure that his approach was stable prior to touch-down. He reported moderate to excessive cross-wind conditions, which led to the incident. The aircraft was booked for maintenance and since no structural damage was found, it was released back into service the next day.
Recommendations: Pilots must confirm a stable approach prior to landing, and in the event that the approch becomes unstable, rather execute a missed approach. A newspaper/press release article must be composed to discourage passengers booing their captain upon exiting the aircraft, and referring to him/her as 'Captain Crash".

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