Lucky escape for light aircraft pilots, passenger

2011-05-28 14:34

Pretoria - Two light aircrafts crashed in separate incidents on Saturday, one in Polokwane and one in Pretoria, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the first incident happened around 09:30 in Laboria, Polokwane.

"A man, 38, had to make an emergency landing on a farm and crash landed onto a make-shift island in a dam," Banks said.

The man's five-year-old son was with him.

Paramedics found the plane on its belly when they arrived.

"The pilot was standing outside the plane with a young boy lying on the wing and we had to shout to him for a telephone number so we could have better communication," Banks said.

Rubber dinghies were used to reach the victims.

Both victims were treated for possible neck and back injuries and the child was being treated for a possible broken leg.

They were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Aviation authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.

In a second incident a light aircraft crashed into a tree in a field on the N1 near Petroport in Pretoria.

The pilot was uninjured and aviation authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.

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