‘The search is still on’ – Search and Rescue SA deny reports

2011-08-15 13:10

Search and Rescue SA has denied reports that the wreckage of two light aircraft that went missing in George’s Valley, Limpopo, has been found.

“The search is still on,” said spokesperson Johnny Smith.

“The weather is getting better so air rescue will resume shortly.”

SABC radio news earlier reported that the wreckage had been found.

“I’m getting breaking news right now that they have found the wreckage and there’s a suggestion there may have been a mid-air collision at this stage,” SA Flyer magazine editor Guy Leitch told the broadcaster.

The Albatross planes, carrying six people each, were presumed to be in the George’s Valley area, between Polokwane and Tzaneen.

They took off from a landing strip in Tarentaal, a small farming community in Tzaneen, yesterday and were headed to Rand Airport in Germiston.

Overnight foot patrols had searched in Tzaneen for the two planes which went missing while flying to Gauteng after an airshow there.

The air search for the two planes had been suspended this morning because of bad weather but ground search had continued.

An SA National Defence Force helicopter, with a rescue team of 10, was also searching the area, said Smith.

It was the only aircraft that was well equipped to fly through the poor weather.

The search had moved south of Wolkberg, which is part of the Drakensberg ranch about 80km from Tzaneen this afternoon.

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