Landing gear collapses as small plane touches down bradford keen

2011-07-01 00:00

A SMALL aeroplane crashed on the runway at Pietermaritzburg airport yesterday evening, temporarily stopping air traffic and causing a delay to the Johannesburg-bound Airlink flight.

No one was hurt when the plane’s landing gear collapsed just after it had landed.

A woman who was waiting for a relative to depart on the Johannesburg flight witnessed the incident, but declined to give her name. She said the plane, a Piper, landed, continued along the runway, suddenly nose-dipped and came to a halt.

The fire brigade arrived quickly, she added.

An airport employee who saw the accident told The Witness that a Doctor van Zyl was involved. The employee wished to remain anonymous, saying a formal report needs to be issued first.

The doctor had already left the scene, reportedly looking shaken.

The Witness could not confirm this before going to press.

Airport manager Alan Kukard said he could not issue a statement until the report had been processed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

He did say that the accident is not a “major issue” and there were no injuries.

There were only minor delays to the departing aeroplanes, and the runway sustained no damage.

Kukard said the airport would issue a more comprehensive statement today.

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