Inquiry board to probe plane crash - SANDF

2012-12-06 14:37

Johannesburg - A board of inquiry has been convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the cause of a military aircraft crash in which 11 people were killed, the SA National Defence Force said on Thursday.

Six SA Air Force members were among those killed in the aircraft, which crashed in the Drakensberg near Ladysmith on Thursday, spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said.

"On board the aircraft was a crew of six and five passengers, and it was confirmed that there are no survivors," spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said.

"The SANDF has commenced with the process of informing the next-of-kin of the deceased members.

The names of the deceased will be released when all the next-of-kin have been informed."

The Dakota aircraft went missing en route to Mthatha after it took off from Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Wednesday. It was expected to land in Mthatha at 10:00.

After no communication from the aircraft, the SAAF activated a search and rescue mission but severe weather conditions in the area hindered the operation.

"At first light [on Thursday] morning, the rescue team continued their efforts and located the wreckage in the Drakensberg mountains," said Dlamini.

"The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke, and the Chief of the Air Force Lieutenant General Zimpande Msimang would like to convey their sincere and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased."

  • ancbasher - 2012-12-06 15:07

    Condolences... but is this the most cost-effective way to transport such a small group of people?

      aarchaic - 2012-12-06 15:12

      there might have been freight on the plane or another purpose for once they come back.

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2012-12-06 15:29

    what passengers ? ok what were passengers doing in a millitary plane ?has the dakotas all of a sudden taken over 1Time fying routes maybe who were the other 5 people that were on the plane

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-12-06 15:46


  • buwaz - 2012-12-06 16:09

    Inquiry Inquiry always,is a waste of money,y ddnt they notice the faulty at first now the lives of innocent people r lost due to incompetent politicians deployed at SANDF,may their soul rest in peace while the politicians r busy running this like stokvel group

      willa.prinsloo - 2012-12-06 16:38

      Standard operating procedure in the SADF old chop. Has always been. Now be nice and apologize for your ignorance

  • Ole Mabaso - 2012-12-06 18:03

    the names of the deceased are on the south african air force website, all members were from the air force, air crew and passengers (

  • Mxakatho Vuyile - 2012-12-06 18:47

    ndibuhlungu nge family yakwa sobantu

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-07 13:59

    What is wrong with this country? Dakotas are 50 - 60 years old. I see others have made similar remarks but the first thing I said to my wife was: these planes should be used for exhibitin flights only, not work. Not anymore.

  • charlie.bent.1 - 2012-12-07 14:06

    Unfortunately, Some of us older guys know the answer, and "pilot error" is certainly the cause in this accident. its hard on the Airforce at this time because of the selection policies and lets face it, mistakes were made here that should not be made. Safety altitudes are calculated for flight plans and these were ignored. deviations in flight are common because of weather and met conditions are accurate for specific altitudes. During actual instrument conditions,you need some serious experience to continue with the flight. i do believe they had the instrumentation in this aircraft. You should have flown with us in the late 60's over the Freestate and the Drakensberg. Those thunderstorms are something else. A real tradegy, and yes, it is common for airforce personnel to bum lifts,if that is the case,which I doubt.

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