Plane crash lands on Free State street

2012-10-09 08:47
The small Piper Seneca that crashed on a street in Bethlehem in the Free State. (Lynda Greyling, Volksblad)

The small Piper Seneca that crashed on a street in Bethlehem in the Free State. (Lynda Greyling, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - A small plane crashed into a street in the Free State town of Bethlehem - only a few metres from houses in the suburb of Jordania.

The pilot survived the crash but was in a severe state of shock, reported Volksblad.

The pilot, Werner Schulz, had just taken off from the Bethlehem flying field when one of his engines failed and he had to do an emergency landing.

He attempted to land his Piper Seneca in a field close by but the plane was travelling at such a high speed that it smashed through a fence and over the pavement, coming to a stop in Baartman Street.

Schulz stepped out of the wreck without a scratch but was said to be badly shocked. Residents brought him some fruit juice.

Schulz was employed by Farmsecure and a spokesperson said he was a qualified commercial pilot.

An investigation would be launched into the accident.

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