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South African Airways Flight 406
Accident summary
Date 13 March 1967
Summary Loss of control, Pilot incapacitation
Site Indian Ocean off Kayser's Beach, Cape Province, South Africa
33°13.45′S 27°38.3′E / 33.22417°S 27.6383°E / -33.22417; 27.6383Coordinates: 33°13.45′S 27°38.3′E / 33.22417°S 27.6383°E / -33.22417; 27.6383
Passengers 20
Crew 5
Fatalities 25 (all)
Aircraft type Vickers Viscount 818
Aircraft name Rietbok
Operator South African Airways
Registration ZS-CVA
Flight origin H.F. Verwoerd Airport, Port Elizabeth
1st stopover Ben Schoeman Airport, East London
2nd stopover J.B.M. Hertzog Airport, Bloemfontein
Destination Jan Smuts Int'l Airport, Johannesburg

South African Airways Flight 406 was a scheduled passenger flight on 13 March 1967 that crashed into the sea on approach to East London, South Africa. All 25 passengers and crew on board were killed. The air accident report speculated, without supporting evidence, that the pilot of the plane suffered a heart attack while on approach and the co-pilot was unable to regain control of the aircraft.[1]


  1. ^ "AirDisaster.Com " Accident Database " Accident Synopsis " 03131967". 

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