Lanseria crash: Pilot almost hit airport building

2014-02-04 08:17
Pretoria – The pilot involved in the fatal light aircraft crash at Lanseria airport, north west of Johannesburg, on Monday could have been trying to avoid the Execujet airport building close to the crash site.

All three people on board the Beechcraft King Air BE90 twin-engine aircraft  died in the crash.

Lanseria International Airport spokesperson, Claudette Vianello speculated that the pilot had made a controlled terrain crash but the aircraft burst into flames when it hit the sand embankment.

The Star reports the heap of gravel that formed the embankment, said to be the size of a house, was from earthworks of the old runway at Lanseria, which is being lifted since its new runway became operational in November 2013.

The names of the victims have not yet been released but all three have been confirmed as South African.

The plane took off from Rand Airport in Germiston, east of Joburg, and was scheduled to land at about 07:00 at Lanseria.

The pilot had been in contact with the tower before the landing and there was reportedly no indication of engine failure.  

Poor visibility and bad weather conditions are also being considered as possible causes for the crash.

Johannesburg has been receiving heavy rainfall of late, with flooding in certain parts – see pics of Joburg's flooding.

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