Plane crash lands on Free State street

2012-10-09 08:47

Bloemfontein - A small plane crashed into a street in the Free State town of Bethlehem - only a few metres from houses in the suburb of Jordania.

The pilot survived the crash but was in a severe state of shock, reported Volksblad.

The pilot, Werner Schulz, had just taken off from the Bethlehem flying field when one of his engines failed and he had to do an emergency landing.

He attempted to land his Piper Seneca in a field close by but the plane was travelling at such a high speed that it smashed through a fence and over the pavement, coming to a stop in Baartman Street.

Schulz stepped out of the wreck without a scratch but was said to be badly shocked. Residents brought him some fruit juice.

Schulz was employed by Farmsecure and a spokesperson said he was a qualified commercial pilot.

An investigation would be launched into the accident.

  • - 2012-10-09 09:01

    There somehow seems to be an increase in light aircraft accidents lately.

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-09 10:00

      NO its about the same every year

      albert.m.burger - 2012-10-09 13:53

      Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.

  • aiyegoro.oluwafemi - 2012-10-09 09:04


  • Proudly Me - 2012-10-09 09:19

    Something doesnt add up. If only one engine failed, he could have safely landed the craft in an emergency go-around. "The seneca has counter-rotating propellors and that means there is no critical engine and its stall speed of 60 knots is close to its VMCA of 66 knots.The Seneca, in terms of light-twin single-engine surprises, needs to be 'in-extremis' before going feet-up after an engine failure" Overloaded perhaps?

      kseyffert - 2012-10-09 09:28

      My thoughts exactly, Will be following this one with interest...

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-09 09:40

      Yes, this aircraft is/was a PA34-200T and should have been quite capable of a safe emergency go-around on one engine, especially with only the pilot on board. Tough one but glad the pilot is OK.

      Proudly Me - 2012-10-09 09:53

      Some speculate he feathered the wrong prop....

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-09 10:01

      In an engine failure in a twin prop, the purpose of the second engine is to get you to the scene of the accident quicker.

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-09 10:02

      Proudly me. Do you know what the one engine out performance is of this particular aircraft?

      ludlowdj - 2012-10-09 10:04

      As my instructor used to say, "on takeoff and landing, the second engine normally takes you to the scene of the accident"

      Proudly Me - 2012-10-09 11:15

      @bolton - See here. The Engine out paramaters are detailed in section one.

      robert.schulz.395017 - 2012-10-10 22:55

      All in all glad he is ok if you take the fact that he made 250 feet up and had a minute to land either in a populated area or land in the closest field over a kilometer away without doing any damage then that is well done.The left prop died and the right kept pushing so up the stats do that in less minute while you are heading nose down and then call yourself proudly me.

  • bvniekerk - 2012-10-09 09:32

    Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing

      gilbert.sampson.50 - 2012-10-09 09:35

      Give that man a bells!!!

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-10-09 11:03

    Yoh news24,this was an almost tragedy,am sure the locals saved the day with the fruit juice,really now,lol,next thing please let us when he re imburses the locals of their fruit juice

  • tom.theunissen.12 - 2012-10-09 11:21

    Dropped in for a fruit juice.....................

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-09 14:30

    Big oops!

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