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.

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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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