Lucky escape for light aircraft pilots, passenger

2011-05-28 14:34

Pretoria - Two light aircrafts crashed in separate incidents on Saturday, one in Polokwane and one in Pretoria, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the first incident happened around 09:30 in Laboria, Polokwane.

"A man, 38, had to make an emergency landing on a farm and crash landed onto a make-shift island in a dam," Banks said.

The man's five-year-old son was with him.

Paramedics found the plane on its belly when they arrived.

"The pilot was standing outside the plane with a young boy lying on the wing and we had to shout to him for a telephone number so we could have better communication," Banks said.

Rubber dinghies were used to reach the victims.

Both victims were treated for possible neck and back injuries and the child was being treated for a possible broken leg.

They were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Aviation authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.

In a second incident a light aircraft crashed into a tree in a field on the N1 near Petroport in Pretoria.

The pilot was uninjured and aviation authorities were investigating the cause of the crash.

  • - 2011-05-28 14:45

    "aircrafts" .....eish

  • Mikemcc - 2011-05-28 14:49

    3 crashes in one day - another aircraft crashed during an air race. Not good at all.

  • mahladu - 2011-05-28 15:22

    I'll be the chief of SACAA soon enough and I will regulate this light A/C vigorously.

      neilpilot - 2011-05-28 15:31

      Sure - issue a new regulation "though shall not crash"

      PMG - 2011-05-28 16:00

      @mahladu - you could even be president if you are corrupt enough,think that a shower cures aids or can sing a song about a machine gun.

      Mikemcc - 2011-05-28 16:02

      @Mahladu, so which one of the two light A/C are you planning on regulating vigorously?

      ChuckFarley - 2011-05-28 16:22

      That comment makes absolutely no sense, the intellect speaks for itself I guess. Needless to say it sounds quite typical in fact.

      Dmitri - 2011-05-28 19:46

      The day you become "chief" of SACAA is that day you can have my license

  • YES - 2011-05-28 15:49

    It was a close shave, buddy. However, it would not be so close next time.

  • Luvuyo - 2011-05-28 16:39

    I don't understand a crash of aircraft into the tree,It doesn't make sense,It's just carelessness,and It seems that the pilot is not an expert as for he/she be not able to notice something that can be wrong in the plane. quick recovery to wounded victims from China(Beijing)

      Mikemcc - 2011-05-28 17:02

      @Luvuyo, so no mechanical device that you have ever owned has failed unexpectedly because you were able to "know" there was something wrong? Complex machines fail occasionally, no pilot wants to crash so the fact that everyone is still alive is great news. Sadly the crew taking part in the air race were not so lucky.

  • ObiterDictum - 2011-05-28 16:40

    Gosh, what is going on? Bad maintenance or bad training for pilots? Or both?

  • Tankertugger - 2011-05-28 18:11

    Road accident stats are amongst the worlds worst, not far behind now with train accidents and now the planes are coming down. Operating standards have got to be addressed pronto. Does SA have suitably qualified trainers and examiners or have they all left?

  • Blip - 2011-05-28 19:30

    This reporter has a laughably poor command of English.

  • General.AlanMuller - 2011-05-28 21:21

    Can I have the wreckage please ??

  • ChuckFarley - 2011-05-28 22:39

    "In a second incident a light aircraft crashed into a tree in a field on the N1 near Petroport in Pretoria" Excuse me but what on earth is a tree in a field doing on the N1 and likewise it's "aicraft" not "aircrafts", just like sheep are sheep. I guess nowadays news reporters don't need to be able to have proper command of grammar or spelling and it's just disgusting. I wonder what skills the person who wrote it really has to justify him or her having that job. This is frequently occurring and what is worse is the fact that the stories are often very wrong or inaccurate to say the least. With regards to aviation training standards or pilot proficiency in SA, that is not the issue behind these accidents. Most of these accidents are similar to those people who don't drive often enough or never drive in poor weather and when they do they are more likely to have an accident. Flying requires a high level of proficiency maintenance, if you fly once a month and become complacent or overconfident you will have an accident one day. Very rarely are these accidents due to mechanical failure or poor maintenance.

  • hadedah - 2012-01-07 16:56

    Lack of experience

  • Ken - 2012-01-23 17:27

    Now we know why Zuma had two back up planes when he flew to America.

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