Italian man killed in air show crash

2012-06-30 20:11

Johannesburg - An Italian national was identified as the pilot who was killed when the L-39 he was flying at the Klerksdorp Air Show crashed on Saturday, North West police said.

"Two planes were flying parallel to each other when Gian Franco Cigione, 49, lost control and crashed into the ground," said Captain Amanda Funani.

She said the planes were showcasing flying acts close to the ground when Cigione crashed.

His plane crashed next to the Klerksdorp cemetery and burst into flames.

Nobody else was injured in the accident.

Police were investigating the cause of the crash.

  • tiaan.evony - 2012-06-30 21:01

    Another sad day in aviation,which L39 was it?

      ian.skosan - 2012-07-01 16:27

      @Tiaan it was a Aaro L-39 Albatros it was also privately owned I believe.

  • Theo - 2012-06-30 21:46

    I feel Sorry for all the family's , What a sad day for them at the air show "

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-01 06:01

    Gian Franco my died doing what you loved to were such a nice guy! I remember like yesterday when we flew to Augrabies in your Seneca..RIB buddy!!

      thabang.maleka.35 - 2012-07-01 09:52

      troll, what do you know about flying. Unless ABSA has its own pilots

      Phillip van Niekerk - 2012-07-01 18:11

      @Thabang, Go for English lessons. You are clearly uneducated and cannot read and understand what this man wrote you stupid Trolling Moron.

  • tselisehang.mokotjo - 2012-07-01 06:30

    police investigating the cause of the crash?

  • Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-07-01 07:08

    SAPS are Used wrongfully what to investigate there?Crash?hai!!!

  • marius.eric.visser - 2012-07-01 10:43

    His name was Gianfranco Cicogna. It's amusing how so many news reports say: They were showcasing flying acts, or, they were attempting aerial maneuvers... Of course they were! They were flying aeroplanes.

  • mahendra.mothilall - 2012-07-01 11:03

    My sincere condolences! I see something amazing, can anyone notice an image of a Face in those flames?

  • derec.wheeler - 2012-07-02 06:52

    What a sad weekend it was for aviation. The two worst things a pilot can experience-walking away from an aircraft knowing that it was his last flight, or walking to an aircraft not knowing that it'll be his last flight. Blue skies Gianfranco.

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