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Old 9th Feb 2014, 02:06
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ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2T5 ZS-SGX Hoedspruit AFB (HDS)

A Boeing 737-2T5 passenger jet, registered ZS-SGX, sustained substantial damage in an accident at Hoedspruit AFB (HDS), South Africa. There were no fatalities. The airplane operated on a flight from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) to Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).

Whilst taxiing to the cleared holding point for takeoff from runway 18, the pilot switched off the landing lights to avoid blinding an approaching aircraft. As a result, he overshot the turning point at taxiway C in the darkness and found himself at the end of taxiway A with insufficient space to turn around. According to him, he decided to maneuvre the aircraft out of the "dead end" by turning into the last taxiway, which led to military hangars, and then reversing the aircraft to carry out a 180 turn. This was to be done without external guidance. Whilst reversing the aircraft, the pilot failed to stop it in time, the main wheels rolled off the edge of the taxiway and the aircraft slipped down a steep embankment, coming to rest with the nose-wheel still on the taxiway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inappropriate decision by the captain to reverse the aircraft at night without external guidance."
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 03:01
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Monday 10 January 2011.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 08:46
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In the wrong forum ?

Anyhow, I miss the cheetah farm there.

n.b. I've heard of reverse flight, but not reverse taxi.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 08:55
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Straight jets...
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 09:07
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I'm not sure why we're dredging up a 3-year-old accident, but if anyone wants to read the full report, it's here:

For reasons known only to the SA CAA, the report itself is dated February 2006.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 09:12
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The sheer lunacy of the incident has brightened up my day!

Well posted.
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