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Plane crashes near Pretoria

2012-03-14 18:20

Cape Town - A man is in a serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital after his light aircraft crashed near the Bronkhorstspruit Dam on Wednesday, paramedics said.

"Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the wreckage of the plane on a rocky outcrop of a hill. The pilot had been pulled from the wreckage and was lying nearby," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

He had sustained trauma to his upper body but was in a stable condition, and taken to Netcare Pretoria East Hospital, Wicks said.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

The cause of the crash was unknown, and will be the subject of a Civil Aviation Authority investigation, he said.


 

Comments
  • Tshepo - 2012-03-14 18:59

    Askies tog....

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-14 19:47

    Hope these single engined planes aren't allowed to fly over Residential areas. It's only a matter of time before one dives into a Residential area. Seems like one falls out the sky every day.

      Hugh - 2012-03-14 20:46

      This picture is of a micro light Home built not a light aircraft. Micro light Aircraft only need to be certified by an engineer once a year while light aircraft have to be certified every 25 hours of flight

      Ian - 2012-03-14 20:47

      Bluzulu thats a silly remark they fly over all the time unless you live in the desert?

      Sanchia - 2012-03-14 21:17

      Such an ignorant post Bluzulu. Airplanes dont fall out of the sky everyday, and it is always sad when someone has an accident. No one plans to have one. And as for your question: No NTCA registered aircraft normally with a registration starting with ZU- are not allowed to fly over built-up areas, in your language "residential area". This aircraft was most certainly registered with ZU- since it was such a small aircraft. That is probably why he was flying over Bronkhorstspruit dam. It is the closest place for a scenic flight on the eastern side of Pretoria not over built-up areas.

      Hermann - 2012-03-14 21:27

      Take stock of what single engined motor vehicles cause by driving through residential areas. You may have to ask yourself very embarrassing questions.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-15 13:13

      I live in Auckland and these single engined aircrafts fall out the day daily it seems in NZ and in RSA from memory.Usually a farmer of some description. I wanted to know if these crafts are allowed to fly over residential areas in RSA as I have never seen any of these crafts fly over Waitakere. If Swim1 is correct an engineer should certify these crafts more than once a year surely. @ Ian , It ain't a silly remark. @ Sanchia , It was an ignorant remark as i am no pilot. @ Herrrmann, This is a plane crash not a Road vehicle, try not embarrassing yourself.

      Riccardo Sani - 2012-03-15 16:58

      It was an ignorant remark... As a pilot I can tell u that u have to be 2000feet above a build up area,.. And look at the amount of plane crashes and fatalities compared to car accidents... A/c(aircraft) services are also more thorough than a motor car's..

      Riccardo Sani - 2012-03-15 16:59

      It was an ignorant remark... As a pilot I can tell u that u have to be 2000feet above a build up area,.. And look at the amount of plane crashes and fatalities compared to car accidents... A/c(aircraft) services are also more thorough than a motor car's..

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