Anti-poaching plane crashes

2013-02-04 08:28

Durban - The fight against rhino poaching in KwaZulu-Natal’s game reserves has taken a knock as a result of a recent accident involving Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s anti-poaching light aircraft.

EKZNW spokesperson Musa Mntambo confirmed on Sunday that the Bantam “ultra-light” two-seater aircraft, donated to EKZNW less than two years ago, crashed in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park on 25 January.

“The aircraft is badly damaged and currently cannot fly,” he said.

Mntambo said the aircraft, piloted by section ranger and pilot, Dirk Swart, experienced a technical problem in the air and had to make a forced landing.

“The aircraft crash-landed in an acacia thicket in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park. The pilot luckily was not injured and managed to call for help,” he said.

Mntambo said there was no reason to believe the plane was sabotaged in any way, but said civil aviation was investigating the crash.


  • YuccaN - 2013-02-04 08:43

    Poaching is linked to human and drug trafficking as stated on WWF page. Just another reason to legalize cannabis or two wars remain futile. I am waiting for a cure/treatment for my glioma that remains possibly months away based on cannabis compunds. I may not be there then. Sorry to fragment. You'll only relate should you be this ill one day. Rhinos have about just fewrights as we do to save their lives.

      patrick.mampane - 2013-02-04 11:04

      You should not have taken the cannabis before posting this. Sleep it off and try again after a couple of hours.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-04 09:05

    What was that about giving helicopters free to Zimbabwe?. Look how well they can be used right here,

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-04 09:41

      And miss out on there back hands

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-02-04 10:55

      I have no doubt that the plane is insured, so its just a matter of time till they are back in the air.

  • utopian.idealist - 2013-02-04 09:23

    I am sure someone out there owns an aircraft that they would be willing to loan to KZN parks. Dont let this be the excuse as to why the remaining Rhinos are wiped out in Hluhluwe.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2013-02-04 16:54

    Poachers put it down

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