Inquiry board to probe plane crash - SANDF

2012-12-06 14:37
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Johannesburg - A board of inquiry has been convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the cause of a military aircraft crash in which 11 people were killed, the SA National Defence Force said on Thursday.

Six SA Air Force members were among those killed in the aircraft, which crashed in the Drakensberg near Ladysmith on Thursday, spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said.

"On board the aircraft was a crew of six and five passengers, and it was confirmed that there are no survivors," spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said.

"The SANDF has commenced with the process of informing the next-of-kin of the deceased members.

The names of the deceased will be released when all the next-of-kin have been informed."

The Dakota aircraft went missing en route to Mthatha after it took off from Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Wednesday. It was expected to land in Mthatha at 10:00.

After no communication from the aircraft, the SAAF activated a search and rescue mission but severe weather conditions in the area hindered the operation.

"At first light [on Thursday] morning, the rescue team continued their efforts and located the wreckage in the Drakensberg mountains," said Dlamini.

"The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke, and the Chief of the Air Force Lieutenant General Zimpande Msimang would like to convey their sincere and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased."

- SAPA

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