Crash pilot rushed to burns unit

2013-10-12 15:25

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Johannesburg - An aerobatic pilot injured in a light aircraft crash at the Secunda Airshow, in Mpumalanga, on Saturday has been stabilised and transferred to another hospital, Mediclinic Highveld said.

Hospital manager Willem Schoonbee said the pilot was initially admitted to Mediclinic Highveld in a critical condition.

"We stabilised him, and he was transferred to Glenwood Hospital as he needed specialised burn wound care."

Earlier, the airshow's organiser Hannes van Heerden confirmed that a light aircraft crashed at the air show on Saturday morning.

"There was an injury, the pilot was evacuated," he said.

The show was set to continue in the afternoon.

The SABC named the pilot as top South African aerobatic pilot Glen Dell.

According to Dell's website, he was the first South African to win the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships, after coming first overall in the event held in Ljungbyhed, Sweden, in 2004.

Dell has at least 25 000 hours flying experience on over 250 different types of aircraft.

According to Dell's website, he also holds a zero foot aerobatic display waiver. A low level waiver is only awarded to pilots with proven competency and reputation, and a zero foot waiver is a rare distinction.

In 2003 he began designing and manufacturing an aerobatic aircraft, the Slick 360.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said the pilot suffered several injuries.

"ER24 received an emergency call, but before [paramedics] arrived on scene, he had already been airlifted to Mediclinic Highveld."

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