PE pilot survives power cable crash

2012-01-19 14:06

Port Elizabeth - A Port Elizabeth man was seriously injured when he flew a light aircraft into power cables on a farm in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape police said on Thursday.

Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said 55-year-old Frans Griesel hit the power cables on Wednesday night and his plane crashed on a gravel road on the Tangle Woods farm.

A local farmer saw the crash and alerted emergency services, Swart said.

Griesel was taken to the Life St George's Hospital in Port Elizabeth where he was in a serious, but stable condition.

Swart said aviation authorities from Pretoria would fly in on Thursday to investigate the incident.

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  • Janice - 2012-01-19 14:43

    Hope this man will be OK. What a terrible accident.

      Gunther Griessel - 2012-01-19 14:56

      Thank you Janice. The man in question is my father. He seems to be stable now. Correction on the surname:Griessel not Griesel.

      Gunther Griessel - 2012-01-19 14:56

      Thank you Janice. The man in question is my father. He seems to be stable now. Correction on the surname:Griessel not Griesel.

      Robin - 2012-01-20 18:59

      @ Gunther. I wish your father a speedy recovery from this nasty and unfortunate accident.

  • stevemoss4 - 2012-01-19 15:00

    big up to the farmer. hope you get well soon Mr Griessel.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-19 15:10

    how did this happen? crop dusting?

  • Bob - 2012-01-19 15:18

    Makes me feel warm inside that he is going to be okay...! Speedy recovery!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-19 15:19

    Next time he better drive and stop wasting our tax on aircraft investigations

      Serena - 2012-01-19 15:35

      Tell your corrupt government to stop stealing your tax money!

      Ja - 2012-01-19 15:49

      Get well soon Mr Griessel.. Nyiko take a taxi next time you travel .. it is much safer than flying .. but who will really care .. not many taxi commuters pay tax ..

      Robin - 2012-01-20 19:01

      @ Nyiko - you're a biological orifice! I hope you never experience an air accident.

  • matome.matlakala1 - 2012-01-19 16:54


  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-19 21:16

    But why did "...he flew a light aircraft into power cables?" or maybe he is 55yrs old can't see where he is going, I guess pilots must retire at 50 then

  • Gunther Griessel - 2012-01-19 22:51

    Thanks for all the positive comments! Im Mr. Griessel's (not Griesel) son and am glad to report he's on his way to recovery in ICU. As for the wonderful negative comments and jokes, may those people never experience anything as terrible as hearing about your father's possible death 700km away from home. Thanks!

      Ja - 2012-01-20 09:12

      Gunther .. this is good news .. don't take any notice of the stupid comments .. power lines are one of the most difficult things to spot when flying (I am sure you know) .. when flying recently from PE airport in an R44 our pilot said lets play spot the kites and power lines as we flew near the coast line.. my 20/20 vision spotted absolutely nothing while the pilot pointed out several, much to our embarrassment. He wore glasses. Note: He has clipped power lines with minor damage to the helicopter. Lucky escape he said .. All this after over 2000 hours of flying. so once again my advice .. ignore the bone heads .. for they no not what they speak .. good luck.

      Ja - 2012-01-20 09:14

      Spot the no and not the know .. but who will no ..

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