Grisly discovery at plane crash site

2012-09-13 20:24

Cape Town - Emergency personnel on Thursday made a grisly discovery when they responded to reports of a plane crash in the vicinity of Cato Ridge, in KwaZulu-Natal.

After reports came in around 17:30 that an aircraft crashed in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, paramedics from Durban and Pietermaritzburg rushed to the scene, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

The scene was inaccessible by vehicle, and the paramedics and a fire official had to hike for half an hour up the mountain where they found the wreckage of a light aircraft, extensively damaged and ablaze, Jackson said.

"All that they could make out was the charred remains of three people, and due to their extensive burns, it was not possible for them to be made out as adults or children, men or women," she said.

"It is not clear as to what caused the aircraft to crash, but locals who were the first to find the wreckage said that it appeared that black smoke was coming from the plane before it crashed."

She said horough investigations will need to be conducted into the cause of the crash.

This is the second light aircraft crash in the KZN area this week, after a plane crashed near Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-13 20:37

    Condolences to pic and pax family

      leon.puth - 2012-09-14 07:51

      condolences. poor reporting though. anybody approaching a plane wreck expects to find bodies, burnt in most cases so why would it be a grisly discovery as if it was unexpected

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-14 09:23

      @elgh.elgh... you might want to appologise to carl.lutzer3... pic = pilot in command, and pax = passengers... so he didn't say anything wrong.

      nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-14 09:34

      Only one total stupid idiot around here @ elgh.elgh

      merven.halo - 2012-09-14 10:26

      Lol, don't be so hard on Elgh, not everyone is up to date with pilot terms, and with the normal level of comments from people on this forums you can not blame Elgh for thinking someone is nasty.

  • arthur.marks.754 - 2012-09-13 21:38

    We should be able to "delete" their stories as they sometimes delete our comments, the . . . .

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-09-14 08:51

      @arthur. best comment of the year!

  • Gerhard1Marais - 2012-09-13 21:41

    Auh !!! Hey WENA can you spell?

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-09-13 22:11

    Very sad , my condolences to the families involved. Check your spelling News 23 (horough)

  • heibrin.venter - 2012-09-14 02:01

    I wonder, two light aircraft in a week, seems as if incompetence have reached the aircraft maintenance industry as well. A friend used to take a day off and literally go and sit next to his plane when it was serviced, no faith in the mechanics - probably with good reason, if these incidents are anything to go by.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-14 07:14

      why fly when you can walk.

  • dave.rigby.16 - 2012-09-14 05:35

    Does anyone know who were the victims here ? My condolences to the families.Very sad.

  • Tammy-lee Poonsamy Malibu-Ninja - 2012-09-14 05:57

    I couldn't help but notice the typo.... thorough is spelled without the 't'

  • daerasmus - 2012-09-14 06:46

    Going on about spelling when poeple have lost their lives......really sad, IDIOTS!!!

      merven.halo - 2012-09-14 07:55

      People dying don't mean the rest of the world and professionalism in the work place must stop.

      peter.walters.1238 - 2012-09-14 08:40

      It is unprofessional and amateurish for NEWS24 to not check their articles. How would you feel if they spelled your name wrong.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-14 07:55

    Are these grown ups making these comments ? CorBlimmey, it reads like a bunch of kids. Condolences to the respective families. Sorry you have to read this BS

  • riotousr - 2012-09-14 08:38


  • riotousr - 2012-09-14 09:00

    That is why I only fly commercial. Private?

  • boerbul - 2012-09-14 19:37

    I find it rather distasteful that people bicker and make silly remarks regarding terms and abreviations, while 3 men lost lives. Their families are shattered. All three of them were comercial farmers from Newcastle. Our prayers for the families.

  • earnest.ketelo - 2012-11-10 13:44


  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-10 13:54

    Far too many of these little aircraft falling out of the sky!

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