Weather hampers missing planes' search effort

2011-08-15 10:03
Cape Town - At least 12 search and rescue aircraft, ready to fly as part of efforts to find two Albatross aircraft that went missing in George’s Valley in Limpopo at the weekend, have been grounded due to bad weather.

“We have nothing, nothing yet,” Darrell Rush, with the rescue crew, told News24 on Monday morning.

Search and Rescue’s Johnny Smit told News24 that the team had six helicopters and military aircraft but until the fog lifted, only grounds searches could be done.

Smit could not say how big the region that they were looking in was but did say that difficult mountainous terrain made efforts to find the aircraft even harder.

The missing planes - Piaggio P166 - took part in an airshow in Tzaneen and were due to fly to Rand Airport in Germiston. There are six people on board each plane.

It is reported the several prominent people in aviation circles were on board as well as the families of pilots taking part in the air show.

The Piaggio P166 planes were ex air force planes used in maritime. They’re both twin engines and are medium-sized. He said they were withdrawn from service in the 1990s.    

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