Search for missing planes suspended

2011-08-15 11:04

Johannesburg - The search for 12 people in two light aircraft that went missing in George's Valley, Limpopo, was put on hold on Monday morning because of bad weather, Search and Rescue SA said.

"We can't search because the weather is bad. There is fog and low clouds," said spokesperson Johnny Smith.

"The rescue aircraft are still on the ground for their own safety and will stay there until it is safe enough to go out again."

Overnight foot patrols had searched for the two planes which went missing while flying to Gauteng after an airshow in Tzaneen

The planes took off from a landing strip in Tarentaal, a small farming community in Tzaneen, on Sunday and were headed to Rand Airport in Germiston.


Smith said he was staying positive.

"As far as we concerned we are not searching for a wreck, we want to do a rescue.

'I always stay positive. If we give up then what is the point of rushing to find them," he said.

The Albatross planes, carrying six people each, were presumed to be in the George's Valley area, between Polokwane and Tzaneen, Mopani District Municipality spokesperson Mashadi Mathosa said on Sunday.

Rescuers were hopeful that they were still alive, Smith said.

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  • Gert - 2011-08-15 11:48

    Jou kop raas Mac!

  • Cindy - 2011-08-15 11:50

    You are such an @hole. People's lives could be at stake you twat. How about you shut up and please do everyone a favour and keep your idiotic comments to yourself.

  • MelJay - 2011-08-15 11:57

    Obviously "Mac" has zero compassion! Then why bother putting on a comment at all! I pray continually for the safe return of all passengers. My heart is aching for the family members awaiting news from their loved ones! I believe it will be forthcoming soon.....

      grant9 - 2011-08-15 12:32

      I hope you're right. I just hope I'm not being insensitive in saying I don't hold out much hope. No may calls and no cell phone contact. I understand the area is mountainous so emergancy landings would be unlikly. But who knows...

  • Nouz - 2011-08-15 12:01

    My friends dad was flying one of the planes! think of the families and shut up MAC

  • jeremy - 2011-08-15 12:05

    "Staying positive!" Come on! If there were any survivors, presumably there would have been contact via a cellphone by now. Sad as it is, these guys are almost certainly dead. And if they were flying VFR then presumably it was the pilot's fault. It seems as though they lost sight of the ground in cloud and flew straight into the side of a hill.

      Warren - 2011-08-15 12:09

      If everything was that obvious, why are you the only one thinking it? Where there's doubt, there's hope ... stop being a friggin' "know-it-all" & be positive like the rest of us, some of whom know people or friends/family of people that are on those planes.

      Michelle - 2011-08-15 12:10

      I cant believe you are being so insensitive, for those of us that have family members on board, hope is the only course of action at this time. If you had a loved one on board you would not be writing crap like that

      Mariette - 2011-08-15 12:38

      Jeremy....go play with Mac! There's no "seems as though..." yet!!!!... know nothing!!!!...

      jeremy - 2011-08-15 12:51

      I'm sorry. I don't mean to be insensitive or a know-it-all. But be realistic. It's been nearly 24 hours since the crash. There would have been some form of contact by now if anyone was still alive. And I'm pretty sure I;m "not the only one thinking it."

      Mannie777 - 2011-08-15 13:13

      Jeremy, its one of those times in life where you "think it" but nerver ever "say it out load" .... reason is simple: Its called RESPECT for the families/friends of the ones that's on board.

      Vanessa - 2011-08-15 17:58

      i don't know how up to date these comments r but i heard about a mid-air collision! but you're right....very likely pilot error.....i know the area and safe flying there. they did not just loose sight of the ground looks like they lost sight of each other.....why not turn back?! just wondering....

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-08-15 12:06

    I think Julius has nationalized the air space as well in Limps

      Wes - 2011-08-15 17:07

      You a twat

  • irowland - 2011-08-15 12:16

    The wreckage has been found :( Sad day!

      russki_za - 2011-08-15 12:29


      tom - 2011-08-15 12:46

      Also received news from an aviation buddy, wreckage spotted. I'll keep on praying for survivors. Thoughts and prayers to family.

  • Greg - 2011-08-15 12:16

    Please pray for the people. Mac- you should stand up and apologize for the bad taste joke- even though I hope you did not mean it maliciously. I also know one of the people on board

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-08-15 12:19

    I wish they find them alive.

  • duncan - 2011-08-15 12:39

    Wreckage just been found, mid air collision suspected.

      Reader - 2011-08-15 12:41

      where did you get this info?

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-15 12:50

      It has been published on Avcom, a forum for aviators. Time for a little respectful silence now I think.

  • Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-15 12:39

    Wreckage has been found. Weather still too bad to get rescuers to the wrecks by air.

      dragon - 2011-08-15 12:47

      Please give us a link / source. Thanks

      Michelle - 2011-08-15 12:49

      Where did you get this information?

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-15 14:00

      Please see below - seems the report was false.

  • RobertKay - 2011-08-15 13:05

    The wreckage of both aircraft has been found in Olifants gorge. Its seems it was a mid air collision between both aircraft. No fire damage. Viz is still too bad to drop a rescue team at the sight. we will wait and pray.

      Reader - 2011-08-15 13:16

      please keep updated

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-15 13:59

      The report seems to be false. The person who called it in to SABC has retracted and the post has been deleted on the Aviation forum. Apologies. Going to shut up now.

  • michael - 2011-08-15 19:08

    Just watched the news. An eyewitness has reported seeing both aircraft passing and shortly thereafter a bang sound . The Maake and Geoges gorge area's are extremely rough terrain and things are so much worse for the fog and mist covering large parts of South Africa today . Planes missing for 24 hours now.& choppers grounded due to bad weather.

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