Two die in air crash at Greytown

2012-05-05 00:00

TWO people were confirmed dead in a light plane crash near Greytown last night.

In the third air crash in KwaZulu-Natal in a week, a man and a woman reportedly en route from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga to Cape Town, were killed when their Cessna 206 came down in a plantation.

The crash site was about three kilometres from Greytown in the direction of kwaDukuza (Stanger).

Trees in the plantation still smouldered late last night, while some had been felled by the force of the crash. Pieces of the aircraft and its engine were scattered over a wide area.

Police, including the search and rescue unit’s Lieutenant Jack Haskins, found the bodies of two people, a man and a woman, near the wreckage and were late last night still searching for other passengers who might have been on board.

Phindiwe Gwebu of the Civil Aviation Authority said there were only two people on board. No details of the couple were available last night.

Gwebu said there was no further information available last night. She said a CAA investigator from Gauteng and would fly in today, having been unable to get a flight last night.

Police on the scene said the first call about the crash was received at around 6 pm, but it took some hours before the wreckage was located in the dense trees.

Haskins said he reached the scene at about 9 pm.

The plane’s occupants were found some distance from one of the larger pieces of wreckage. One of the man’s legs had been severed.

Two shoes were seen among the scattered parts of the aircraft.

Haskins said the damage to the trees indicated that the plane must have come down fast. He said that parts of the plane’s wreckage were still stuck in the trees.

Last night’s crash followed a belly landing on the beach near Virginia Airport in Durban during the afternoon. The pilot and his passenger were unhurt. (See page 5 for a report and pictures.)

On Sunday, an experimental aircraft crashed and burnt at Margate Airport following a fly-in meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

Passenger Hazel Nash was killed outright and pilot Rob Mirtle died three days later, having suffered extensive burns.

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