Pilot killed in plane crash

2010-04-12 16:34

Johannesburg - A pilot burnt to death when his light aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Petit Airport in Benoni, east of Johannesburg on Monday, paramedics said.

The plane hit the ground in an open field and burst into flames after taking off from the small airport around 15:00, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but could not save the pilot, who was alone in the aircraft.

The scene was cordoned off for Civil Aviation Authority inspectors, who were on their way to the scene.