11 confirmed dead in military plane crash

2012-12-06 13:11

Pretoria - Eleven people were killed when a military plane crashed during severe weather in a remote area of the eastern Drakensberg mountains, the ministry of defence said on Thursday.

A spokesperson denied reports the plane was carrying medical personnel to attend to former president Nelson Mandela, local media reported.

"On board the aircraft was a crew of six and five passengers and it was confirmed that there are no survivors," the ministry said in a statement.

The C-47 Dakota aircraft left an air base near Pretoria on Wednesday and was flying to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape when it went missing, the ministry said.

Military doctors responsible for the well-being of the 94-year-old Mandela often fly to the same Eastern Cape airport before proceeding to Mandela's home in Qunu.

  • lulama - 2012-12-06 13:15


      mercia.rand - 2012-12-06 13:21

      Indeed - in the line of duty, RIP my ex colleagues.

      mercia.rand - 2012-12-06 13:27

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-12-06 13:40

      condolences but if i were still in the SANDF i would REFUSE to travel in or on any equipment, no or little maintenance and unqualified staff.

  • klebepe - 2012-12-06 13:17

    They are Mandela's medical team. They were probably going to make a house call. May God be with them and their families.

      firstseed.mbeva - 2012-12-06 13:22

      "A spokesperson denied reports the plane was carrying medical personnel to attend to former president Nelson Mandela, local media reported."

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-06 13:35

      When a denial comes from these people, then the facts are invariably true

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-06 13:18

    Condolences to the Families for their loss...........

  • henri.lombard - 2012-12-06 13:21

    Sad indeed

  • teboho.j.mohapi - 2012-12-06 13:23

    condolences to da families...

      edward.tillett.98 - 2012-12-06 13:35

      This may appear pedantic, but please rather use standard English to express your condolences - using "sms-speak" in this context somehow trivialises their deaths - and cheapens your condolences.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-06 14:50


      joe.nogibs - 2012-12-09 04:31

      True dat

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-12-06 13:29

    May God give their families strength during this difficult period for thm RIP

  • arthur.halse - 2012-12-06 13:30

    Sad day for aviation and the SAAF. Condolences to affected by this tragedy.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-12-06 13:39

    So sad...R.I.P.

  • gladness - 2012-12-06 13:52

    Real sad.

  • njabulo.mnguni.180 - 2012-12-06 13:58

    May their souls rest in peace. My heart goes out to the families who were looking foward to spend this festive season with their loved ones.

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-12-06 14:04

    Deepest Condolences to Families and friends!

  • Makhavele - 2012-12-06 14:08

    May your families accept my sencerely condolences to all the military air crew members.

  • phizaphizpop.thindisa - 2012-12-06 14:09


  • danny.dan3 - 2012-12-06 14:09

    So quickly ppl become judges n forget everythn, ask urslf wud u hv done better? D u no better? Nd since yol doubting da sandf's training methods d yol think dat u cn do better? B4 yol go out judgin ppl makin up yo own decions w8 4 da inquiry n find out wat happened

      craig.lowe.3572 - 2012-12-06 14:33

      Hi Danny, it was not our jobs to do better, if you research a bit you will find out that in fact they where "flying the wings off those planes" It is quiet clearly there jobs, whoever is accountable, to do better, alot better, this type of accident is not acceptable and I am prepared to bet is as a direct result of insufficent support from the powers that be, and in so far as waiting for the enquiry, please don't make me laugh, the moment any of the top brass are inplicated due to non action the enquiry will be changed accordingly, fat cats spending money where they shouldn't, I bet you it's as simple as that, those aircraft are older then you are and in so far as the maintenance is concered don't let me even go there. Best Regards Craig.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-06 14:13

    So sad, condolences.

  • stephen.fienberg - 2012-12-06 14:26

    Why the hell is SAAF still flying 1940s planes? Obviously the safety on such an ancient piece of equipment will be compromised as the thing is 70 years old!

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-12-06 14:40

    Very sad news! R.I.P. And my condolences to the loved ones.

  • Rob Allen - 2012-12-06 14:42


  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-06 14:47

    Tragic indeed....very sad...

  • aqhama.mpunzana - 2012-12-06 15:18

    May their soul rest in peace.

  • tshepo.s.komane - 2012-12-06 17:26

    My brother was on those 11 people God b with their soul we expected them 2 be with us for this festive but it wasn't Gods plan .I'll miss u bra and RIP *tearz falling down*

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-12-06 22:31

      I am very sorry for your loss.

      Antipoaching - 2012-12-06 23:23

      sympathies to you and your family

      tvanrayner1 - 2012-12-07 00:40

      condolences bro. Be strong for the rest of your family. God bless

  • Klass - 2012-12-06 19:45

    my soul is down low. may their soul rest in peace. l will keep on loving them

  • phiwo.gasa - 2012-12-06 20:14

    Something. Is. Just. Fishy. La.

  • mfanah.radebe - 2012-12-07 08:06

    Rest in pc soldier's

  • mthuthani - 2012-12-07 10:09

    I flew in those LEGENDARY PLANES during my time at 44 Para Brigade,they were an amazing rugged military hardware, RIP comrades.

  • philip.vde - 2012-12-07 12:38

    because the pilot was put through the ranks not because of her ability

      Cherri - 2012-12-07 14:02

      Don't talk utter rubbish - there was no female pilot!

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