Civilian aircraft impounded at Waterkloof

2013-07-10 20:02

Johannesburg - The military has impounded a civilian aircraft for violating airspace at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, the defence department said on Wednesday.

Three occupants of the plane were arrested on Tuesday night and taken to the Lyttleton police station for questioning, SA National Defence Force spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said.

"The aircraft was piloted by an Austrian national, who indicated that he was a student pilot doing night flight training between Grand Central Airport to Lanseria Airport," Dlamini said.

The Austrian man said he become disoriented and that dizziness led him to lose his way.

The aircraft was registered in South Africa and belonged to the Grand Central flight training services, Dlamini said.

  • Johan Holtzhausen - 2013-07-10 20:05

    And the Gupta plane???

      Andrew Selous - 2013-07-10 20:45

      Leornad ,you have to check in file 13.

      Caine Abel - 2013-07-10 20:48

      Johan its all about connections

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-10 23:50

      Has Waterkloof become a "National Key Point" again???

      Eduan Naude - 2013-07-11 01:48

      Geez, and half the commenters thinks he 'landed' at Waterkloof! HE violated airspace people - meaning he flew into an air corridor reserved for military planes such as fighter planes taking off, etc. I once flew with a trainee pilot from Welkom to Pretoria and he also got lost as he had to evade no fly zones on the way.

      Nathan Govender - 2013-07-11 06:51

      Gupta's plane lands, without authorisation, noting happens. This poor Austrian trainee pilot, who got lost in the night & just breaches air space gets arrested???? I mean for goodness sake, where's the comparison??? This is not right. He probably refused to pay a bribe, that's why he got arrested.

      Michael Kleber - 2013-07-11 07:20

      He was late for the wedding , missed the guptas flight so took another one ?

  • proudlysa - 2013-07-10 20:06

    There are obviously not Guptas in Austria...if this man was a Gupta he would have had a VIP reception with a blue light brigade to escort him! (Hint : next time "drop" the code name 1when you speak to the tower and you will be fine....)

      Pule Martins - 2013-07-10 20:14

      grow some balls were does the guptas comes in..??????

      SharonE - 2013-07-10 20:17

      @ Pule - they come in with government's blessing. It is all about favours and greased palms..

      Colin Dovey - 2013-07-10 20:36

      AND a lot of No 2 Pule....if you get the drift....:-)

  • Avremel Niselow - 2013-07-10 20:06

    I thought anyone could land at Waterkloof?

      La Grange D - 2013-07-10 20:47

      Only if you come from Yemen, Nigeria, Siera Leone, CAR, Liberia, Somalie, and Roben Iland.

      George Wood - 2013-07-10 21:29

      La Grange D, you forgot India !

      Nico de Jongh - 2013-07-10 21:59

      What's the bet - he made a bet, just to fiss them off.

      Graham Radburnd - 2013-07-10 22:03

      @ La Grange D. Why are you putting Sierra Leone in that list for?

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-07-11 07:07

      Anybody who lines Zuma's pockets yes.

  • Derek Chapman - 2013-07-10 20:08

    Could be a Gupta stealth fighter

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-07-10 21:11

      You don't need stealth when you have a pseudo-president puppet in your cash lined pocket.

  • Thembinkosi Khanyile - 2013-07-10 20:09

    Double standards.Why arrest these but not the Guptas? Waterkloof has become a joke.

      Theo Schoeman - 2013-07-10 20:31

      Haha this country became a joke when the shower tower came into power

      jerhone - 2013-07-11 08:49

      the whole defence force has become a watered down joke all the generals are general disasters all the majors are major f**k ups

  • Cry Mashiane - 2013-07-10 20:09

    The gupta plane deserved such treatment

  • Mark Russell - 2013-07-10 20:10

    Ja! Now they arrest Joe Bloggs for landing but the Guptas have special rights that only money can buy from this government

  • Stephen Michaels - 2013-07-10 20:12

    Last time i checked, Waterkloof was a taxi rank?? So whats wrong in taxing my plane in there...OOh the Guptas were not on board...eish!?

  • Andrew Billimore - 2013-07-10 20:22

    So for a plausible reason they arrest the poor guy but let the corrupt one's go...

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-07-11 07:09

      Well it's a banana republic! In banana republics like souf afrika crime pays!

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-07-11 07:12

      One of these days the Guptas can start paying showerhead in bananas from Durban for his favour. Let's just hope he doesnt fall out of a Jakaranda tree when he tries to grab one.....

  • Doreen Blessed Nokwanda - 2013-07-10 20:23

    That's what happens when you not associated with the high profile names"The Guptas".Circus done it again

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-07-10 20:24

    What now, poor student but rich Guptas is okay.

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-07-10 20:25

    What u people on about? the Guptas done it and it was highly criticized and so they wont ley anything of the sort happens again, so what you people saying is since the Guptas did it Government must not control it anymore and let everyone do as they please?

      Alexander Coetzee - 2013-07-10 21:52

      I beg to differ. The Guptas were not arrested. A NKP's security was violated because the ANC does not care for such things. They are so arrogant that they think every thing can be used for personal reasons. Certainly that plane must have been picked up on radar and should have been warned of on the aviation open channel. Is the radar working? Does the operators know what to do in such case?

  • Mike Jones - 2013-07-10 20:25

    I suppose they couldn't afford to sponsor a new cinema complex at Nkandla.

  • Nathan Lombard - 2013-07-10 20:26

    No entering that airspace by accident!!! Either you have military clearance of you have paid the necessary gravy fees. Do these people know nothing about african custom?

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2013-07-10 20:27

    Your are not guptas,sorry!

  • Solly Masilo - 2013-07-10 20:28

    Air force base wake up those guyz dey are going 2 bring more drugs in our country dats y they dont go nd land at de civilian air port.

  • gunnshot - 2013-07-10 20:29

    All they are trying to do is demonstrate that Waterkloof is taken seriously after their buddies were caught. How the ANC must hate a free press. Why cant they absolutely control the press as does Zimbabwe. Just like Zimbabwe SA is beginning to be run by a criminal cartel. Buddies looking after buddies in order to enrich themselves. Do they care for the man in the street? Please, not at all.

  • Maphuma S. van Ramothopo - 2013-07-10 20:29

    Hahahahahhaha,Double standard.He should have mentioned something like "Number One".

      Richard Clemitson - 2013-07-10 21:00

      Or number 2......

  • 5ihl3 - 2013-07-10 20:38

    Hope after questioning nothing dodgy will be found and they'll be let go. Remember the guptas had clearance to land, just that the clearance was obtained unethically

  • Olefile Molelekoe Oz - 2013-07-10 20:40

    Lol is this some kind of a joke couldnt arrest 100 of people who landed there...Just because those two a south african's you react with an immidiate effect...rolling head

  • Muzi Mbele - 2013-07-10 20:41

    U supposed to gundown da aircraft waterkloof is nation key point.first~gupta,second~austrian,third~rebels,I'm tell u ,

  • Dankie Ndobe - 2013-07-10 20:43

    Say smthng about Zupta n dey'll let u go, don 4get to speak Engrish boy.....

  • MichelleHolman KeithShackle - 2013-07-10 20:46

    What a bloody joke! This after a 'free for all' with the Gupta clowns!

  • Kenny Ntamela - 2013-07-10 20:52

    is nt ryt to enter @guptas airport

  • Crusadersudan - 2013-07-10 20:56

    Revenge of the dark people...........

      Trevor Pietersen - 2013-07-10 21:13


  • Jones Malwela Mosima - 2013-07-10 21:02

    He felt dizzy and he was disorientated,and he thought he was GUPTA,he landed at a military aiport. Ha ha.

  • Funwithgoats - 2013-07-10 21:07

    Well done they caught a dizzy disorientated pilot that got lost. But the Guptas Boeing goes free. Some one got their priorities screwed up.

  • Sam Mayihlome - 2013-07-10 21:11

    cowards, let them go. are u trying to make them scapegoats? yet you let the Guptas in, double standards hey!

  • Nico Van Der Merwe - 2013-07-10 21:12

    I am sorry to inform you sir but your passport does not indicate that you are a gupta. Therfore you don't qualifie to land here and you recieve no get out of jail for free card. What they did was not wrong but what they allowed the guptas to do was wrong. Bloody joke

  • Sam Mayihlome - 2013-07-10 21:15

    All rights reserved for the Guptas. Trespassers will be Zuptad.

  • Robert Kimberger - 2013-07-10 21:24

    Oh now you suddenly seem to know what to do when a private plane lands at Waterkloof! Surprise surprise!

  • Cape Gtown - 2013-07-10 21:24

    As long as his surname is Gupta, no problem - call JZ.

  • Syphor Zit - 2013-07-10 21:26

    Is it called baby steps arresting students learning to land.

  • Joanie Du Plessis Nagy - 2013-07-10 21:30

    The Gupta plane landed and departed. For interest sake, News 24, please follow up on that story. What happened??

  • Desmond Drake - 2013-07-10 21:36

    I bet you the same will happen if you fly over Nkandla

  • Sthembize Zulu - 2013-07-10 21:40

    Oh boy.. What an example they are going to make of this guy.. Bet all dizzy disoriented pilots will learn a lesson

  • Ali Motaung - 2013-07-10 21:45

    What's the use of closing the gate after the horses have already bolted out! Please leave the student alone ... Free landing for all - that's the only sign that should be put up!! Finish and klaar!!!

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2013-07-10 21:47

    Should have just tried some name dropping

  • Anthony Kirby - 2013-07-10 21:52

    It must be a case of being Rigting Be*ok

  • Bradley Brits - 2013-07-10 22:02

    No civilian aircraft allowed at gupta airways international

  • Matome Wa Moloks - 2013-07-10 22:05

    Congradulation,now sandf knows what to do,sorry is too late,the dogs are already out..shame on u

  • Sipho Shabalala - 2013-07-10 22:10

    That is how foreign intelligence operatives work. Lock the bastards in and auction the plane

      Edward Sebakeng - 2013-07-10 22:15

      Shme hs nt a Gupta or relatd to da presidnt dts y he ws arrestd

  • Richard Scully - 2013-07-10 22:11

    What about Zupta, he had an escort waiting

  • judy.sibongile.nxumalo - 2013-07-10 22:28

    They testing da water to check if it's safe to land....rebels r coming...b prepared

  • Sello Papo - 2013-07-10 22:44

    we hav been told waterkloof air base is nt national key point only nkandla is the one, why today arrest student for learning pls get a life

  • Lungile Ndyibithi - 2013-07-10 22:51

    By the way it was not Guptas that is why they were arrested

  • Vusi Nzapheza - 2013-07-10 22:59

    Too bad the pilot didnt Number One's name

  • Farouk Moolla - 2013-07-10 23:20

    Is this a little PR story to show us that SAAF are doing a great job? I don't know much about aviation but the radar systems would have picked up that this plane was in military airspace and guided them out before they actually landed.

  • Desmond Mosehli Maefa - 2013-07-11 05:24

    La nya man.. They have every right to arrest/take them for questioning. Lets not compare the Guptas incident with this one because they are different. Someone gave authority with Guptas

  • Steven Trollip - 2013-07-11 05:45

    Sorry Mate!!!