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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 He said they were withdrawn from service in the 1990s.    

Comments
  • Fedup - 2011-08-15 10:33

    I hope they find them, there are 2 kiddies on one of the planes. I pray for their families during this time.

  • dakleton - 2011-08-15 10:35

    it's Darrell Lush, not Rush

  • My5cents - 2011-08-15 10:50

    Very difficult terrain and thick fog will hamper searchers. Hope and pray for a miracle.

  • André - 2011-08-15 10:51

    Wish we could help with the search, so frustrating if bad weather keeps you from doing your job - Pilot, SAPS Air Wing Potchefstroom

  • George - 2011-08-15 11:01

    This is sad and painfull. Why God allows such dreadful things to happen is a mystery. Surely, had he wanted, God the all powerful would have stopped this tragedy. I am not yet sure what we as human beings learn from such disasters which God permitts. Sad indeed.

      Karen Bredenhann - 2011-08-15 14:11

      God all powerful had nothing to do with it - bah! Please don't trot out silly platitudes such as "God took them for a reason" and this "God permits" and "God allows it" nonsense! Weather conditions, human error, miscalculations - could be(and probably is) responsible for this terrible accident.

  • herb77@24.com - 2011-08-15 11:03

    Waiting and praying.

  • michaelx - 2011-08-15 11:08

    IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECT-ARE THESE NOT THE SAME TYPE OF AIRCRAFT THAT THE SAAF FLEW INTO DEVILS PEAK IN CAPE TOWN IN THE EARLY 70's ???THINK THERE WERE THREE OF THEM?

      oldpilot - 2011-08-15 11:45

      No they are not the same

      Ex-SAAF - 2011-08-15 11:56

      MichaelX, the Saaf planes that flew into Devil's peak were Hawker Siddeley HS 125s. Those were execujets, wheras the Albatros is a twin prop aircraft

  • Craig Edmondson - 2011-08-15 11:26

    Weren't these planes owned by the guys from Sensormatic?

  • Bootie - 2011-08-15 12:16

    God speed them all home safely. Hope and pray everyone OK.

  • Mrdoit - 2011-08-15 16:41

    How many on board????

  • Sewes - 2011-08-15 16:48

    hope they all ok let god keep an hand over them and keep them safe we dont need this.hope the weather clear by 2morrow and they can find the plane and crew volenteer firefighter god please keep them safe

  • tony - 2011-08-16 08:32

    To all the families of the missing pilots and passengers, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this uncertain time.May GOD be with you throughout.

  • tony - 2011-08-16 08:46

    Some people use this forum to write rubbish and speculate about, in this incident, aircraft type etc instead of sticking to the basics- SUPPORT THE FAMILY and write sense. The aircaft in question is an Albatross and if you Google it it will tell you exactly what it is. It does have an excellent safety record and yes there are things that can go wrong. Lets stick to the basics and rally behind the families involved. THANKS.

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