Rough weekend for SA aviation

2015-11-08 22:07
The tail of the plane which crashed in Midrand. (Supplied)

The tail of the plane which crashed in Midrand. (Supplied)

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Cape Town – Four aircraft have crashed around the country since Friday.

The most recent accident was on Sunday afternoon.

A light aircraft crashed onto a residential property near Grand Central Airport in Midrand.

Owners of the house heard a big bang and rushed outside to find the plane had crashed into a tree about five metres away, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

The pilot was critically injured.

On Saturday, a 23-year-old pilot was killed when his light aircraft crashed at the Port Elizabeth airport.

Botha said reports from the scene indicated that the aircraft crashed soon after take-off.

In Richard’s Bay the same day, a light aircraft was forced to land on the beach.

Mike Patterson, NSRI Richards Bay deputy station commander, said his crew was activated at 11:15 on Saturday morning following reports that an aircraft had landed on the beach after an emergency landing.

Patterson said it appeared that the propeller of the single engine light aircraft fell off during flight.

“On our arrival on-scene we found a light aircraft that had successfully landed on the beach following an emergency landing with a local couple on board who were not injured and they required no assistance.”

On Friday, an eyewitness saw a microlight spin out of control before crashing on a sports ground in Randburg, Johannesburg.

ER24 paramedics found a body lying near the smouldering wreckage.

The person was declared dead at the scene.

Read more on:    netcare911  |  er24  |  nsri  |  air crashes

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