SANparks plane crashes in Addo

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Cape Town - A SANParks aircraft went down in Addo Elephant National Park on Thursday, with two of the park's instructors escaping relatively unharmed.

SANParks spokesperson Fayroush Ludick said the incident involved a B22 Bantam lightweight aircraft which fell about 500ft near the Hapoor waterhole in the Park’s main game viewing area.

The aircraft was being used in pilot training and both instructors from the Algoa Flying School in Port Elizabeth survived the incident, suffering only  "minor scratches to their hands and arms". 

"The aircraft is believed to have suffered fuel starvation but this can only be confirmed after the investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority is complete," said Ludick. 

SANParks confirmed the aircraft, in use by the park since early last year, is a write-off and will more than likely be dismantled. The park is in possession of a backup aircraft and once the investigation is complete, the aircraft involved in the crash will be replaced.

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