SACAA to probe cause of crash

2009-09-26 00:00

THE digital flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder of the SA Airlink plane have been sent to Johannesburg where the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) will investigate the cause of the crash.

Three crew members and a municipal cleaner were seriously injured when the Jetstream 41 crashed into the concrete palisade fence of a Merebank high school.

The plane left from Durban International Airport. Shortly after take-off, it declared an emergency after the crew reported that they had encountered a loss of power.

Airlink spokeswoman Karin Murray said the plane has been released to Airlink’s on-site technical team, who are working closely with the SACAA in its investigation of the accident.

The SACAA removed the plane’s fuel and was preparing for cranes to start dismantling the wreck.

Meanwhile, pilot Captain Alistair Freeman and cabin attendant Rudelle Oosthuysen underwent surgery at St Augustine’s Hospital yesterday.

Hospital manager Augusta Dorning said Freeman is in a stable but critical condition and is breathing with the help of a ventilator.

She said that Oosthuysen sustained facial and back injuries and underwent surgery to re-align her facial bones.

Solid Waste cleaner Abraham Mthethwa, struck when the plane crash-landed, is in a stable condition.

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