11 confirmed dead in military plane crash

2012-12-06 13:11
Dakota (Picture: Beeld)

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CNN links military plane crash to Mandela

2012-12-06 11:50

The SANDF military aircraft that crashed into the Drakensberg has been linked to Mandela by CNN. Watch.WATCH

Pretoria - Eleven people were killed when a military plane crashed during severe weather in a remote area of the eastern Drakensberg mountains, the ministry of defence said on Thursday.

A spokesperson denied reports the plane was carrying medical personnel to attend to former president Nelson Mandela, local media reported.

"On board the aircraft was a crew of six and five passengers and it was confirmed that there are no survivors," the ministry said in a statement.

The C-47 Dakota aircraft left an air base near Pretoria on Wednesday and was flying to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape when it went missing, the ministry said.

Military doctors responsible for the well-being of the 94-year-old Mandela often fly to the same Eastern Cape airport before proceeding to Mandela's home in Qunu.

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