Plane crash victims still unidentified

2012-09-14 10:36

Durban - Three people killed in a light aircraft crash near Nagle Dam, outside Cato Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal, had not yet been identified, police said on Friday.

"Their identity is unclear at this stage, pending the investigation which is currently underway," said Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

"The crash is in a remote area."

Mdunge said once the identities of the victims had been confirmed, and their next-of-kin notified, the information would be released to the public.

The aircraft crashed in bushes near the dam on Thursday, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

The dam is located about 50km inland from Durban.

ER24 said the incident happened at about 17:30.

After arriving on the scene, three paramedics and a firefighter set out on foot to locate the aircraft, said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

"After about an hour of walking up the mountain through dense bush, they arrived at the crash site, where they found the wreckage of a light fixed wing aircraft, extensively damaged..."

She said it was impossible to determine the gender or ages of the three, as they had sustained extensive burns.

  • jmatebane - 2012-09-14 10:54

    I wonder what plane they were flying in... so sad.

      Jansen Scheepers - 2012-09-14 11:23

      early reports are suggesting its a beech bonanza

  • syd.harling - 2012-09-14 12:00

    The Witness newspaper in PMB reported it was a Beech Bonanza.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-14 12:01

    Light aircrafts looks like same dangerous as a mini taxis on the road. Very sad for the family left behind. R I P - 2012-09-14 22:21

      I think that comment is off base. If one has to look at the statistics on how many people have been killed by or in taxis in SA in the last 18 years, you may find your comment to be a serious brain fart!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-14 12:59

    The fact is that standards are lowered in all disciplines. You cannot compromise on flying safety!

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-14 14:17

      Standards have always been high in aviation. The standard of following the safety standards are what has deteriorated

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-14 15:37

    benefits of being fat cats

      sias.truter - 2012-09-14 19:52

      Sifiso, can you please explain your "fat cat" statement? - 2012-09-14 22:25

      What an idiot ... surely you fail your eye tests? The only "fat cats" are those that have grown double chins in their necks and shiny skin due to their all of a sudden opulent standard of living - drinking Mo√ęt and gulping down tons of Caviar in Mauritius ...

  • - 2012-09-14 22:17

    @sifiso - the value of that aircraft was more than likely less than the average "run around" Range Rover of JM or whatever your ANC buddies buzz around in... Typical of your perceptions of the standard of living and that your comment has to politicize an avoidable yet tragic accident. You are pathetic!

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