Anti-poaching plane crashes

2013-02-04 08:28
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

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Durban - The fight against rhino poaching in KwaZulu-Natal’s game reserves has taken a knock as a result of a recent accident involving Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s anti-poaching light aircraft.

EKZNW spokesperson Musa Mntambo confirmed on Sunday that the Bantam “ultra-light” two-seater aircraft, donated to EKZNW less than two years ago, crashed in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park on 25 January.

“The aircraft is badly damaged and currently cannot fly,” he said.

Mntambo said the aircraft, piloted by section ranger and pilot, Dirk Swart, experienced a technical problem in the air and had to make a forced landing.

“The aircraft crash-landed in an acacia thicket in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park. The pilot luckily was not injured and managed to call for help,” he said.

Mntambo said there was no reason to believe the plane was sabotaged in any way, but said civil aviation was investigating the crash.

 
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