Howick pilot who crashed sprayer ‘critical but stable’

2014-12-12 00:00

HOWICK pilot Mark “Zoog” Zank who crashed his crop sprayer in the Eastern Cape is still in a “critical but stable” condition.

A pilot with more than 20 years’ experience, Zank’s plane crashed near the remote town of Ugie on Tuesday morning. He sustained burns and a chest injury, but no broken bones.

Brian Jones, spokesperson of SA CAN — the non-profit organisation that arranged to airlift Zank to Durban — said while his lungs and chest were constantly being monitored for internal bleeding, he is now “healing”. “The chest injury he sustained is similar to that which one would sustain in a car accident. He is under the best medical supervision at Albert Luthuli Hospital ICU and it is hoped he will be brought out of sedation in the coming few days,” said Jones.

Zank, whose survival has been described as a “miracle”, crashed into a mountain range in his Turbo Thrush aircraft while spraying timber plantations.

It is believed he managed to remove himself from the burning wreckage and had to wait over an hour to be rescued due to the remoteness of his location.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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