Aircraft crashes into North West dam

2013-04-16 23:30

Johannesburg - An aircraft crashed into the Modimola Dam in Mmabatho on Tuesday evening, North West police said.

Unconfirmed reports say that it may have been a Tiger Moth.

The plane was spotted by a cattle herder near the dam, said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

Ngubane said boats were coming from Klerksdorp to assist.

The aircraft had landed in the water between 17:30 and 18:00 and was a distance away from where police were.

They were unable to investigate until the boats arrived as it was dark and the dam was large and deep, Ngubane said.

It was assumed that two people were inside the aircraft, a pilot and an assistant.

Police suspected the aircraft may have been a training plane from the nearby Mafikeng Airport.

Ngubane could not confirm the cause of the accident or any other details until investigations had started.

The latest update from Mmabatho police was that the search had to be called off due to poor visibility. The operation will resume at first light.

  • PamelaStone - 2013-04-16 23:43

    Wow Modimolle really is all over the news lately.

      Tabona Kelapile - 2013-04-17 00:34

      this modimola dam in mmabatho. read with understanding!

      Donald Mokonyama - 2013-04-17 01:45

      Modimola in North west not Modimolle (Nylstroom) pls

      Barend Briel - 2013-04-17 07:16

      That's what you get with all these ridiculous name changes...

      Andre Van Deventer - 2013-04-17 07:33

      With which river are the boats coming to Modimola dam? Poor reporting!

  • WildCatSal - 2013-04-16 23:55

    Let's hope no lives where lost..!

      Barend Briel - 2013-04-17 07:17

      WTF's up with the thumbs-down!? Sick people or trolls?

  • Nadine Steyn - 2013-04-17 00:51

    Does anyone have more info regarding this incident?

      Raymond James Phoenix - 2013-04-19 07:35

  • Kelvin Minnaar - 2013-04-17 09:07

    It was a smalltraining plane only 2 people in the plane the pilot turned 23 on sunday and was a family friend of ours they both died on impact divers are still looking for there bodies.

  • Kelvin Minnaar - 2013-04-17 09:11

    it was a training plane the pilot and his co-pilot was in the plane only the pilot was a friend of ours that was in the plane both died on impact and divers are still looking for them.

      Abrham Nel - 2013-04-17 16:47

      rip narco

  • Luanda Gqirana - 2013-04-17 09:55

    Omg what a young life cut short. This is very sad.

  • Eksteen Jacobsz - 2013-04-17 15:13

    A lot of words and no info. "Assumed, suspected, may have been, could not confirm."

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