3 killed as military plane crashes in Mpumalanga

2014-06-17 16:14

Johannesburg - Three people died and two were injured when a military plane crashed in Blystaanhoogte on Tuesday, Mpumalanga police said.

The aircraft, which took off from Waterkloof, Pretoria, had five people on board, including two pilots, said Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

"Both the pilots and one of the passengers were killed on the scene."

The injured were airlifted to Nelspruit Medi-Clinic, he said.

Mohlala said reports suggested that the plane crashed during a training exercise.

  • Lolo James - 2014-06-17 16:27

    Very sad and condolences to family members

  • Pierre van Rooy - 2014-06-17 16:34

    Another murder case at the hands of the SANDF. Forcing personnel who just don't have the skills and qualities to pass their courses and fly...

      James Petersen - 2014-06-17 16:51

      Right on!

      Charles Kuhn - 2014-06-17 17:05

      A properly qualified pilot would KNOW whether he is competent and able to fly the plane safely from takeoff to landing. There are none so dangerous as those who do not know that they do not know.

      Hummer Hlophe - 2014-06-17 17:35

      are you telling us that all the plane crashes happen during training?let me remind you that not so long ago,Mr Dave Stock, a test pilot who flew SAA s 747 and flew fighter jets for the then SAAF and the current one also crashed and died.You are s tupid white supremacist moron who wants to imply that these crashed because they were black?who said they were to start with?you remember the sasol tigers aerobatcis pilot that crashed in 2001/2002.He was considered one of the best in the country and was white with loads and loads of expirience.your comment exposes your naivety and lack of education.

      James Petersen - 2014-06-17 17:46

      Hummer what pierre is referring to is the fact that the standard of training has gone down so badly since 1994 that it is the governments fault this accident happened no matter who or what colour the pilots were. I have seen first hand how some emergency medical students get passed on their courses just because the could not pass the exams for the third time..................Basic training the in army is not even a tenth of what it was pre 1994 let alone pilot training. How do you expect pilots to perform well if they hardly ever fly as there is never fuel? And when they do get the opportunity to fly after weeks they mess up.................... Don't always look for race in posts from others................

      Hummer Hlophe - 2014-06-17 17:51

      James Petersen Please provide hard scientific data to prove that aviation training standards have gone bad since 94 thank you and waiting in anticipation.

      Tshivhenga Ndoe - 2014-06-17 18:19

      @ Pierre, And, WHAT , if an enquiry comes to the conclusion, that mechanical failure caused this accident ?? Than it was just another day in Pierre's life ?!?!?!?!?!

      Hummer Hlophe - 2014-06-17 19:12

      Theron please provide evidence !!!

      Grant Gordon - 2014-06-18 20:46

      I know one of the pilots & he was exceptionally talented in his chosen field!...wisdom never judges what it does not know or understand!!!...

      Frank Muller - 2014-06-19 12:48

      Pierre van Rooy now it has been declared that the pilots were actually white. What were you saying about AA again? Quit being a racist, it makes you look stupid.

  • James Petersen - 2014-06-17 16:36

    So who killed the pilots and the passenger after the crash at the scene? Angry residents? Or was the wording not correct as usual?

  • Karel Swanepoel - 2014-06-17 16:49

    Sal al hoe meer gebeur, geen kundiges meer om onderhoud te doen, scrap is die voorland.

  • heidi.oosthuisen - 2014-06-17 16:56

    Well what can I say!!! This was expected, many more to come......... Forcing people through the system does not make people good pilots. I am married to an old SAAF pilot. So sad to see what happened to the SAAF. Almost no skilled pilots left in the Airforce. So glad he left years ago.

      Hummer Hlophe - 2014-06-17 17:39

      You were married to an ex SAAF? Does that make you an expert on aviation training? If you knew half as much as you claim to know,you would be aware that attrition rates in the SAAF are much lower than most regular airforces around the world.Your marriage to an SAAF pilot does not change that you are dumb stay home wife or typist or whatever you do.

      Mega Matsabu - 2014-06-17 18:19

      Heidi if u got nothing 2 say just close dat hole of urs

  • Selwyn Lloyd - 2014-06-17 17:00

    Since when do you have 5 people on a plane during a training exercise???And Theron Danie you are a despicable human being laughing at lives lost, regardless of colour. The plane could have had or picked up a defect. The wheel turns mate!

  • Stanley Luntz - 2014-06-17 17:01

    To rub salt into the wound, the aircraft the underskilled personnel crashed was probably an irreplaceable Dakota

      James Petersen - 2014-06-17 17:15

      Not just because it is old but also because the Air force has no money for fuel plenty planes has been grounded for weeks and pilots cant fly......I wont be surprised if this craft ran out of fuel.........

      Hummer Hlophe - 2014-06-17 17:40

      what will you say if you find that it was flown by white pilots/cadets?

      Hummer Hlophe - 2014-06-17 17:54

      Again James Petersen provide any links to back up what you are saying please.I know that most fighters are grounded and dont fly as regularly as they ought to but transport guys fly more regularly.

  • En Gineer - 2014-06-17 17:24

    So military aircraft didnt crash pre 1994? Um ok then. And to people asking why 5 people where in a training flight....what if that aircraft needs 2 pilots and engineers during normal operation? Please think before you spew nonsense. It was a Cessna by the way.

      Mike Jones - 2014-06-17 17:28

      Pray, what Cessna requires a crew of five? The Cessna 747 no doubt!

      En Gineer - 2014-06-17 17:33

      Cessna 208 Caravan. It's not uncommon for SAAF Cessnas to be equiped with surveillance and other equipment, hence a crew of 2 is not always standard.

      Hummer Hlophe - 2014-06-17 17:41

      Airforce still has the role of navigators,loadmasters etc.shows that these lot are just sutpid and brainwashed.

  • Hummer Hlophe - 2014-06-17 17:30

    what plane was it,fixed wing or helo etc what a useless article!

      Gary Goddard - 2014-06-18 03:34

      Seems a lot of people know it was a Cessna C208 and if you knew anything about aircraft you would know its a fixed wing aircraft. Maybe you should do a little more reading about the accident and then some research on the type of aircraft involved before you ask a stupid question and silly comments about a "useless article" Took me all of 7 minutes to get the info

  • Anthony Kirby - 2014-06-17 17:35

    RIP those who lost their lives. I just would like to have know what aircraft their were in.

  • Strider - 2014-06-17 17:52

    Heidi, unless you know those who past away today as I do, you should keep your comments in your deluded head and refrain from completely fallacious accusations as those you mentioned in your terrible terrible TERRIBLE opinion.

  • Abner Mophethe - 2014-06-17 18:03

    Rus in vrede,kamerade

  • Mpho Modiba Alphy - 2014-06-17 18:03

    I think julius makema is aboat to rekease a statement dat zuma is to be blamed for this crutch.anyway RIP cadres

  • Jarryd Sinovich - 2014-06-17 18:57

    The Aircraft That Crashed Was A SAAF 41 Squadron 208 Caravan Based at AFB Waterkloof.People All pilots which apply to the airforce(SAAF) go through a strict selection phase, it's not just anybody who thinks they ganna be put into a Astra (Basic Flying Trainer) and Then Onto A gripen.It doesn't work that way . Firstly You go through selections, then onto basics, officers forming course, then ground school and finally the flying training and onto the student earning his wings.The pilot will then go through an aptitude test to see what he/she's abilities are, and the pilot will then be appointed with other going into the helicopter, Transport or Fighter line. The pilots as all the pilots in the SAAF are not pushed up or anything until the pilot has reached the required ours on the type of aircraft.Aircraft do crash it is reality. Nothing has got to do with politics. People should stop listening to the press as they write the biggest load of rubbish about our airforce which is not true.People should visit airshows more and see what is capable of our airforce, cause it seems we have a lot of big mouths out there, that knows it all. I would like to send my sincere gratitude to the families that lost there pressious aviators today.And my thoughts are with 41 Squadron. Jarryd Sinovich Student Pilot

  • Derec Jon Wheeler - 2014-06-17 20:07

    THINK before you post here. It could have been your family or friends. I had the privelage of working with the crew...and I don't care where you think you get your facts from...these pilot's were of an exceptional standard. So, sit there in your safe little office...drink your perculator coffee...let the aircon blow over your combover...but remember, that you never had the balls to risk your life for other idiots like you. If you are ignorant enough to mouth off on a social media sight like this, about something you clearly know nothing proves to me that you are a coward, and you will always be. Blue Skies my friends, I salute you.

  • Genielle Murison - 2014-06-17 21:22

    RIP Marcelino n the rest of the crew. SPEEDY recovery 2 the injured. Condolences 2 the fam of the luved 1s. I salute u my brother. U took Pride in ur Duty. MUCH LUV 2 U

      Conray Lintnaar - 2014-06-18 12:41


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