Plane crashes near Durban airport

2012-05-04 18:01

Durban - A light aircraft crashed on a beach near the Virginia airport in Durban on Friday afternoon, paramedics said.

Crisis Medical spokesperson Dean Macpherson said the pilot was not injured.

"It is believed that the plane took off from Virginia airport and shortly afterwards reported engine trouble... a full emergency landing was then declared," he said in a statement.

"The plane attempted to land back at Virginia [but] crash-landed on Virginia beach adjacent to the airport."

The cause of the crash was being investigated, Macpherson said.

  • Jean - 2012-05-04 18:13

    Its engine failure!! investigating what now?

      En - 2012-05-04 18:27

      Please sit down. There could be a defect part in that particular model of engine, which is probably installed in hundreds of other similar aircraft. Just like a car company recalls defect cars, they need to know the exact cause of engine failure, hence they investigate anyways.

      Mike - 2012-05-04 19:31

      Jean, investigations like these are all about the what, when, how, who and why. The outcome of this investigation could save lives in future, but maybe that isn't of any concern to you. Try to see the bigger picture, however difficult that may be for you.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-05 09:42

      investigating why the engine failed

      Hugh - 2012-05-06 07:49

      I need to get this straight. In my day pre 1994 Aero engineers unlike your car mechanic or ISP had to sign out every inspection on an aircraft. They have studied the aircraft in detail and wrote exams where the minimum pass mark is eighty percent. At anytime if an engineer does not do his job right he can lose his licence. As a result he becomes unemployable. So when he signs out an aircraft as air worthy he signs with his livihood. Oh to have been a politician, car mechanic,or builder As for the pilot - There are such items as Carb heat that protects the air intake from developing ice on takeoff and flight. It was pretty cold so that could have been a problem. Second if feul tanks were not switched to both and air lock can develop at full power in a climb. Third feul in the water because a preflight inspection was not done correctly. Fourth. Ignoring magneto drop when clearing the engine before takeoff. The likelyhood of an engineer being at fault is slim but private pilots do tend to stretch the rules in an enviroment that has a narrow margin for errors.

  • stefan.beukes.7 - 2012-05-04 18:39

    Strange how aircrafts can take off whith engin failure,why not keep the plane on mother earth before going into air and gives problems up there..

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-05-04 19:08

      You can't just pull off into the pits boetie!

      Deon - 2012-05-05 10:57


  • Fussed - 2012-05-04 19:04

    A lot of small plane crashes lately. Wonder what the cause could be. Unqualified tekkies pehaps.

      Ian - 2012-05-04 19:36

      Not very likely. More probable is pilot error.

      kensong.ben - 2012-05-04 19:48

      More likely the ghost of tekkies grandfathers taking revenge on weitty grandsons...

  • Pule - 2012-05-04 19:46

    I wish it was Zuma while his wives...

  • Pule - 2012-05-04 19:47

    I wish it was Zuma with his wives...

  • Andile - 2012-05-04 20:17

    Oh Pule, I think your name (surname) says a lot about you, remember a person by the Name of Jabu Pule?

      Pule - 2012-05-04 20:41

      Oh,I remember that guy,He played cricket and took 10 wickets on his debut.Are you now answered Andile..Let me rephrase what I said,''I wish it was Zuma and his 6 wives in that plane''

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-05 12:08

      Pule with Zuma and 6 wives onboard you need an Antonov Transport plane - as a light aircraft would never get off the ground!

  • cruywagen - 2012-05-05 13:20

    All these light air crafts are having engine failure. Is there something wrong with the fuel that is being put into the planes. I am not an expert but what else do all these planes have in common?

      Simon - 2012-05-05 14:51

      John - 2012-05-06 13:04

      ... err Pilots..... Oil...... Engines.....

  • Garth - 2012-05-06 09:22

    I am an ex pilot out of Virginia airport, the one thing that seems to be missed here is the fact that the pilot tried to turn back, presumably to re land at FAVG. This will never work in a climb out after rotation, you WILL hit the deck, that's a garrentee.

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