Plane slices woman in half on runway

2012-03-28 09:03

Johannesburg - A light aircraft coming in to land at the Ermelo airstrip on Monday hit a woman as she ran across the runway, slicing her in two.

Police said local pilot Malcolm Wushard collided with one of three women who were running over the runway.

Police spokesperson Captain Carla Prinsloo said it would appear as though the woman were picking up wood in a plantation near the airfield.

"They took a shortcut over the airfield but one of the women miscalculated and was hit by the plane’s left wing,” Prinsloo said on Tuesday.

CAA investigating

The woman, who was believed to be in her late 50s, was hit by the plane’s left and cross wing.

Wushard was unhurt but the Mooney plane apparently sustained damages to the wing and wheel.

Prinsloo said police were still waiting for the victim’s family to come to Ermelo to identify the body. The post-mortem will probably be held on Wednesday.

Police have opened an inquest docket, and the incident has been reported to the Civil Aviation Authority. CAA spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu confirmed the incident.

“We have already sent an investigation team to Ermelo.”

A pilot said on an online chat forum on Wednesday that local residents had put up ladders on both sides of the Ermelo airstrip and regularly climbed over them to cross the runway.

- Were you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

  • Jono - 2012-03-28 09:07

    Wow...arnt there gates or something around the airport?

      herculesjansenvanvuuren - 2012-03-28 09:12

      WTF has gates got to do with it? They were trespassing, hence the ladders (to climb OVER the fence) O_o

      Herman - 2012-03-28 09:23

      You clearly have not been to Ermelo "airport"

      herculesjansenvanvuuren - 2012-03-28 09:47

      Because I quit smoking today... and I hate it when people overlook the obvious. But mostly because I need nicotine.....

      Tammy - 2012-03-28 10:00

      @the herc - LOL - that's why I don't even try to quit. See my tongue in cheeck comment to you made people very angry :)

      Gideon - 2012-03-28 10:09

      I wondered how long it would take before something like this happened in SA. If you have the mentality that crossing the N2 without using the walkways is OK, what is to prevent you from (trying) to cross a runway? Soo stupid!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-28 10:17

      "A pilot said on an online chat forum on Wednesday that local residents had put up ladders on both sides of the Ermelo airstrip and regularly climbed over them to cross the runway."

      Sheik - 2012-03-28 10:34

      At TheHerc, funny who quickly people like Jono write even when they don't have a clue what an airport is. To Jono: Airports are for aircrafts land, coming in at high speeds to land and therefore you won't find pedestrian crossing painted on the runway. At least the story will go round the area and there might be less from that Gene Pool taking a short cut. PS Jono, the municipality will run a new fence around the airport and a new hole will be cut.

      Jason - 2012-03-28 10:57

      Jono didnt read the full article

      Junebugg - 2012-03-28 11:05

      I dont mean to be insensitive but some people get hit by a Bus, Cars and Trucks...I dont think people would have beleived her story if she lived..."I got hit by a plane dude", "right and bill gates is my father dude"..may her soul rest in peace

      Marina - 2012-03-28 14:42

      @Jono How can you have pedestrians crossing an airstrip? Come on man.

      Hugh - 2012-03-28 15:38

      Shame I really pity the Pilot. The stress of investigations and legal fees will be huge. CAA are like Hungry dogs holding a bone in an enquiry. particularly when some dies. This may lead to the de-registering of the airfield. As for the woman I have little pity. NO excuses. She should have not been there in the first place.

      Alf - 2012-03-28 16:31

      Jono: No - they use curtains!

      Fly - 2012-03-28 19:34

      @ Xboxs... Check our ur buddy Jono's comment. About as bright as ur postings... Seriously... U guys just troll looking for hugs...

      joneethling - 2012-03-29 05:53

      Whats with these trashy comments? Most People commenting here have no class or respect for human dignity/life. Product of a backward appartheid upbringing. No wonder that everybody looks down their noses at South Africans. What happened here was a mistake by a lady, that ended in her tragic death. We all make mistakes. Swak Piketberg.

      Shirley - 2012-03-29 10:20

      They were going to install a toll gate but it was delayed by protests!

      renofinch - 2012-03-29 14:27

      Last time I checked aeroplanes were very big and extremely noisy machines that only come close to the ground at runways. WTF was this woman looking?

      Hester - 2012-03-29 15:16

      YOU SIR, ARE AN IDIOT!!!!!!

      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-03-29 16:56

      Why the eff do they need to do a post mortem? Um, she was hit by a plane, cut in half and died. Case closed!

  • Sharon - 2012-03-28 09:15

    Wow, a plane is not a small thing! Did she not see it coming? Poor pilot, he wil have nightmares for the rest of his life. May she RIP.

      Tammy - 2012-03-28 10:08

      inkwasi are you high, drunk or just VERY VERY stupid?

      Jan - 2012-03-28 10:14

      The latter

      Freddie - 2012-03-28 10:15

      Tammy, he is obviously VERY VERY VERY stupid.

      Tammy - 2012-03-28 10:23

      LOL Freddy - maybe very very vert stupid AND high on cheap dope

      Shaylene - 2012-03-28 10:23

      Obviously dumb.... Its not like driving a car

      VWhitepaw - 2012-03-28 10:26

      @Inkwazi Mmm... Taken power and avoid and accident. Easy to say that. Maybe there is a reason that cars have flashing yellow lights. Maybe there is a reason they stay clear of the runway or always in contact with the tower when moving out there. When a plane comes in to land they travels at... over 200 KM/h. They can't make zebra crossings on the runway. I don't think she or her family have any claim against the pilot. ie, the pilot is not a fault.

      NrGx - 2012-03-28 10:29

      @inkwazi - HUH? are you saying that a pilot much watch where he is landing? because if thats what you are saying...I only have one thing to say....GO BACK TO SCHOOL!

      Arvin - 2012-03-28 10:31

      @Inkwazi - all of the above. Idiot.

      Jonathan - 2012-03-28 10:32

      Inkwazi, you are scaling new levels of stupidity. Do you honestly expect the pilot to put his own life at risk?

      Sheik - 2012-03-28 10:38

      Inkwazi are you from the same Gene pool? Or did you walk through the stupid forest this morning and got hit by every branch.

      Sekalf - 2012-03-28 10:39

      XXX - Todays 'Donkey of the Blog Award' goes to Inkwazi Masepa - well done and truly deserved!

      Bibi - 2012-03-28 10:46

      Inkwazi: I really, really hope you do not mean any of it. Landing strips are for planes to land and trained airport personnel. It is not a pavement or back road to be crossed at will. Especially by people who do not belong. To suddenly steer to the left/right with a speeding (and landing) plane is asking for big trouble. It could veer into another plane causing an explosion etc.

      Bibi - 2012-03-28 10:47

      INKWAZI: please come back, put us out of our misery and tell us you were only joking.

      Linda - 2012-03-28 11:32

      Inkwazi it has nothing to do with airmanship, I can't believe you are saying it is okay to tresspass and it is completely safe to cross a runway.

      desertratbkf - 2012-03-28 11:45

      @Inkwazi - Yeah right you fly planes! You smoke SH@T that makes you fly!

      nsda29 - 2012-03-28 11:47

      Inkwazi you are out of order for real! When I read the headlines I was surprised that there were people on the runway, hence I read the story. The pilot does not expect to see any people on the runway when he's taking off or landing. I really feel sorry for the woman and her family, I really do but she had no business being on the runway. Pray that something like this doesn't happen to you 'as a pilot' because you are too judgmental for my liking!

      Ebon - 2012-03-28 12:40

      Several years ago I was driving on the freeway at 120km/h and a dog ran in front of my car. There was absolutely nothing I could do. Before I could even get my foot to the brake pedal the dog had collided with my car, and by the time I even realised what happened the poor animal was hundreds of meters behind me. A plane coming in to land is travelling at least twice that speed. It's a tragedy for the woman who got killed and her family, but her ignorance is entirely to blame for this.

      nsda29 - 2012-03-28 13:18

      Eric you need deliverance! Did you you have to include race in this matter! You comments clearly says a lot about you as a person. As far as I'm concerned most white families had black nannies who always carried the white babies on their back, infact they still do. so you may want to include yourself in your comment. I work in a hospital and I see lots of white people also involved in reckless driving and pedestrian accidents. So please don't be out of order and write wise comments.

      PhilosopherStoned - 2012-03-28 13:42

      What? Where? Who is inkwasi and what did he say?

      Marina - 2012-03-28 14:50

      @Inkwasi. He should have blown his hooter.

      psebetlela - 2012-03-29 11:03 tym of my post your comment had already bn removed n judgin by de responses you got here boss u sure done said some dum things hard feelings.on a serious note may her soul RIP.

      Johan - 2012-03-30 07:01

      @Inkwazi, don't have to, you do it all by your lone some self ;-)

  • Carolyn - 2012-03-28 09:15

    What next, Plane re routed and delayed due to pedestrians on the runway ay OR Tambo?? WTF! Strange place to be crossing and thinking you are safe

      Squeegee - 2012-03-28 15:30

      Hey, lots of parking space for taxis on the runways at OR.

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 08:41

      Flight 101: "Tower, this is flight 101, requesting clearance for landing." Tower: "Flight 101, this is Tower. Please hold while we allow pedestrians to cross, they have a few sheep, cows and dogs with them as well." Flight 101: "..."

  • Nasiefa - 2012-03-28 09:19


  • Mauritz - 2012-03-28 09:21

    Look at Gibraltar International Airport - there is a busy street crossing the runway and pedestrians / tourists strolling across the runway where large planes land.

      Jean Meyer - 2012-03-28 09:43

      Yes. But whenever the plane in Gibraltar wants to land, the road is closed on both sides. And any one crossing the road when a plane is landing is arrested for disobeying road safety rules and braking the law by not obeying the rules of the national air force who controls the road.

      Sheik - 2012-03-28 10:40

      Controlled crossing of the tarmac.

      Paige - 2012-03-29 22:26

      This is true - its also true that they are finally going to build a tunnel so the road goes under instead of across the runway...

  • Tammy - 2012-03-28 09:22

    Unbelievable - hope the pilot gets help to recover from this.

      Jayson - 2012-03-28 10:31


  • Rob - 2012-03-28 09:26

    Sad. But thank goodness the pilot is ok.

      Tammy - 2012-03-28 09:39

      Thumbs down? LOL The troll must really be bored.

  • Tgif - 2012-03-28 09:30

    J-Walking is prevalent everywhere in South Africa, why is anyone surprised?

  • Ben - 2012-03-28 09:38

    Darwin! Darwin! Darwin!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-28 09:45

      Survival of the richest is not the same as survival of the fittest.

      Jacqueline - 2012-03-28 18:48

      xboxs: By your own admission, you are not even South African. As sad is it may be, she should NOT have been anywhere near a runway. Airports have a perimeter for exactly that reason! She didn't know any better and maybe did think airplanes can brake like cars but unfortunately she was mistaken and lost her life. And this is very darwinian.

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 08:44

      Jacqueline : Perimeters don't mean jacksh*t to some. Such a common thing here. Fences and walls knocked down, either to be used as building materials, sold as scrap or simply because someone put up a fence/wall that cut across some guys route home.

  • Jayson - 2012-03-28 09:41

    Very tragic. But one has to think that this could have turned out a lot worse. Considering what a bird can do to a plane. The pilot is a very lucky man. But should of never been put in a situation like that. Beef up the security there. A fence is just a obstacle.

      Tammy - 2012-03-28 10:02


  • cknipe1 - 2012-03-28 09:49

    How stupid can you be. You can't hear, or see there is a PLANE coming?!?1 WTF are you doing on the runway!

      Grant - 2012-03-28 10:33

      You get "lack of education", and then you get "stupidity". Lack of education is when you cant work out how much change you are supposed to get, or how to write a CV. Stupidity is jumping off a cliff and not expecting to die. There's only so much you can blame on lack of education...

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-03-28 10:36

      WHY would someone disagree with you? Can't understand the thumbs-down!!

      Tracy - 2012-03-28 14:35

      Clearly she was running across the runway, that's what she was doing on it. Or knowing Safa's the way I do, she was probably ambling across the runway glaring at the plane as if to say even though I'm breaking the law nothing can happen to me - I am untouchable.

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 08:50

      Tracy: I just don't slow down. The look of horror on their faces when they realise this crazy white boy isn't going to slow down is priceless. I'll never hit them of course (and I prepare accordingly), but they don't know that.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-28 09:53

    ummmm, runways are for planes, not pedestrians, stupid !!!

      Paul - 2012-03-28 14:34

      maybe there should be a pedestrian crossing on this runway, with traffic lights for the plains , sound alot like normal roads in S.A

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 08:51

      Someone should tell that to those women who were lucky to not get caught as well, someone should likewise tell that to the people who run across the highways everyday. *le sigh*

  • exile13 - 2012-03-28 09:53

    Stupidity has its own rewards...

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-03-28 09:54

    ...In the unlikely event that someone runs across the landing strip and are sliced in two...

  • Poseidon - 2012-03-28 09:55

    Probably thought that it was a big plane, that was still far away...

  • Marion - 2012-03-28 09:56

    Tragic death that was totally avoidable. May she RIP and I sincerely hope that the pilot is not too traumatized by this to fly again.

      Reehaz - 2012-03-28 12:12

      he'll probably get charged for murder with the stupid laws of beautiful RSA

      Xboxs - 2012-03-28 16:53

      @Reehaz, o please shut up with the melodrama! Why will he charged for murder when the woman was clearly trespassing.

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:29

      Reehaz are you doff or what?

  • daniela.theart - 2012-03-28 10:01

    That was just so darn stupid of the women to run over the airstrip.

      Eugene Walters - 2012-03-28 10:23

      I thoaght airfields are surpose to be fenced in .

      Sheik - 2012-03-28 10:58

      Eugene Walters did you miss the comments on the ladders or did you just skim over the article?

      Michelle - 2012-03-28 10:59

      Eugene, "A pilot said on an online chat forum on Wednesday that local residents had put up ladders on both sides of the Ermelo airstrip and regularly climbed over them to cross the runway"

      desertratbkf - 2012-03-28 11:50

      Eugene - do you and Inkwazi share a brain cell?

      Freddie - 2012-03-28 14:04

      Eugene, love the 61 Mech logo, I was also there. Pity you didn't read the article before commenting though.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-28 10:04

    I blame poverty. Why do we still have communities where women have to pick wood to cook and keep themselves warm? Where is the service delivery? RIP mama, and a commiserations to the probably traumatized pilot.

      butch.poulter - 2012-03-28 10:23

      Well said.

      Jonathan - 2012-03-28 10:24

      Ask your ANC government that YOU vote into power with every election

      Michael - 2012-03-28 10:35

      Gcwabe: Even if she wasn't going to fetch a wood she was still going to be hit - according to her it was ok to cross a runaway irrespective of the reason thereof.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-28 10:38

      @JohnnyDee68 Why the assumption that I'm an ANC voter?

      Amused - 2012-03-28 10:54

      There is always something to blame. At the end of the day one of the tragedies of this country, and indeed the world at large, is that we are too quick to lay the blame at someone or something else's door, and to slow to emphasise the value of taking responsibility for our own decisions, our own welfare and our own future. Poverty is a tragedy, and, even more sadly, one that could be significantly improved, given our abundance of natural resources. Alas, unemplyment has doubled since 1994, and this government is leading us totally in the wrong direction. I recognise that you have not stated your voting habits, and support you 100% in suggesting that people should refrain from the rather simplistic notion that whites vote DA and blacks ANC !!! In the meantime, people need to respect the law of the land, and even more importantly common sense. I feel sorry for this lady and her family, but if, as it appears, she has climbed a fence, enetered private property illegally, and ran over a runway when a plane is landing, with all respect, poverty didnt kill her, stupidity did !!

      Sheik - 2012-03-28 11:05

      I blame the Government and their poverty alleviation policy. The policy where they help themselves first.

      Patsy - 2012-03-28 11:15

      Don'y vote ANC next time, okay.....

      nokuthandwa - 2012-03-28 11:41

      common knowledge Gcwabe, because of the colour of your skin, you have "I VOTED FOR THE ANC" written on your forehead!!! As seen on @JohnnyDee68 and Patsy's comments anyway! IGNORANCE AT ITS BEST!

      Lucia - 2012-03-28 12:25

      Gcwabe I agree. What JohnnyDee68 said was uncalled for. I also think that this old woman was at the wrong place at the wrong time and I feel so sorry for her family. She did not steal, she was only trying to pick up wood and I think if the pilot could prevent it he would. I am really sorry for both as this was a freak accident.

      Trudy - 2012-03-28 22:30

      @ Patsy. Ons het nie jou goedkeuring of toestemming nodig nie. Ons sal stem vir wie ons wil

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-28 10:04

    if you run around on an airstrip.... how dumb can you be!?!?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-28 10:49

      She's no Einstein for sure.

      Lucia - 2012-03-28 12:27

      Again well said Gcwabe! thumbs up for you!

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-28 13:59

      hahaha nice :-)

  • khulekani.zulu - 2012-03-28 10:04

    The woman should have first waited for the plane to pass then cross the runway, NOT to just follow her friends.I think she was the last person to cross...May her soul RIP.

      Linda - 2012-03-28 10:11


      Reehaz - 2012-03-28 12:16

      maybe you should be with her on the runway with ur stupidity

      Lucia - 2012-03-28 12:38

      Sometimes they have to walk long distances to pick up wood. Maybe the airport is not very busy and they took shortcut. If you have to walk with firewood or water or food on your head for long distances, won't you take shortcut? It is so easy to say what was she doing there. Remember she was 50+

      Squeegee - 2012-03-28 15:33

      Hey guys, it is called a RUNway. "Eish, cant i even run on a runway without being cut in two?"

      khulekani.zulu - 2012-03-28 15:40

      @Linda I fully agree with your statement hence the runway is for aeroplanes NOT for people to cross but since she was there that the best thing she would have done.Lucia thank you very much for elaborating. At Reehaz sorry,I just dont reply to sh*t,do a favour and educate yourself.

      gbbfg - 2012-03-29 07:38

      khulekani.zulu: no no no. I'm sorry but no. I see that your comment is made is good faith but you have to understand that first of all, no person should ever be anywhere near any active runway. Ever. This has little to do with the person being hit by aeroplanes. They can drop sticks/objects on the runway that can cause major damage/injury. The reason for the fence is to keep people who don't know a thing about aviation, like yourself, from accidentally learning a lot more than you wanted to know about aviation in the form of an accident. Even without the above explanation, there is a fence, nobody is supposed to be there, end of story. You can not suggest that she "should have first waited for the plane to pass". That is absolutely ridiculous. She should NOT HAVE BEEN THERE AT ALL. You can not have people walking over runways, plane landing or not. End of story.

      Heidi - 2012-03-30 00:32

      Maybe she thought she had to run as it was a runway?

      khulekani.zulu - 2012-03-30 08:25

      lmao thanks gbbfg, I guess I sympathised more with a woman and overlooked at the facts when I posted the comment.

  • Jackie - 2012-03-28 10:07

    Whats really amazing is why the hell they have to do an autopsy???? WTF if she was cut in half I doubt anything else would have killed her?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-28 10:23

      They could easily find alcohol in her blood. Many pedestrians that get knocked over by cars are intoxicated. I'm not saying that this woman was drunk, but they need to make sure.

      Nathan - 2012-03-28 11:03

      I think she may have been cut in half by the prop of the plane... still I'm not sure why they would feel the need to do autopsy. The cause of death is evident. May she RIP.

      Sheik - 2012-03-28 11:08

      Stupidity killed her.

      Lucia - 2012-03-28 12:43

      So easy to say it was a stupid thing if you have all the luxuries. This woman was obviously poor!! Again I say she was at the wrong place at the wrong time.. I pray that she will rest in peace.

      Jackie - 2012-03-28 12:57

      It seems that the wing cut her in half no the prop. To be honest the prop would have minced her!

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:35

      just procedure.

      Lance - 2012-03-29 12:28

      May she rest in pieces.....(Sad story, no really now.. RIP)_

      Christopher - 2012-03-30 00:51

      @Gcwabe...I am thinking she is in her 50's supporting her children/grand children, needing wood to cook a meal and to have light(maybe for her grand children to study) and this stupid government spends the money on their champagne and cavier and neglects the REAL people of South Africa...she was not drunk, she was surviving!!

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:14

      Jackie: They need to determine the cause of death. *cackle*

  • Terrence - 2012-03-28 10:09

    idiot !!!! if it looks like a plane landing , sounds like a plane landing , WAIT 1 second before ????

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:35

      easy there Terrence easy

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:16

      Terrence: Or, even better, don't even BE there. Cause, you know, it's illegal.

  • Terrence - 2012-03-28 10:13

    if it looks like a plane, sounds like a plane!!!!!!! landing on you ???? dinner can wait a few seconds , or what ?

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-03-28 10:14

    Some ppl are really insensitive. Someone has died a tragic death, ppl suggest she deserved it. And the journalist choice of words is the worst!

      Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-03-28 10:58

      I agree, it is very sad and though she made a mistake she did not deserve to die like this. Someone lost her life, a family lost a loved one. This was a human being folks and she paid the ultimate price for her mistake. It is fortunate that the pilot escaped injury and will surely have to work through the trauma, but please be a little more careful with your choice of words. This is not a joke, it's tragic.

      Lucia - 2012-03-28 12:47

      Senzo, I agree... If they can't say anything good, they should rather say nothing!! Heng man, gooi daai klippe!!! daai vroutjie is dood!!! en sy was arm!!!!!!!!!! Kry dit in julle koppe.... Dit is nie die vlienier se skuld nie. Hy sou dit sekerlik verhoed het as hy kon, maar dit was net nie moontlik nie. Dit was sekerlik vir hom net so traumaties!

      nsda29 - 2012-03-28 13:25

      Good one Senzo. I guess the ones who responded with rude comments never did anything dumb in their lives, including the thumbs down. God spared our lives many times when we make dumb choices and thats why we are not on News 24 headlines so who are we to judge this poor lady. She really doesn't deserve all the name calling. we need to show respect and pray for her family.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-28 15:35

      Yep, only real mistake (apart from being there) was misjudging the speed at which a plane lands..

      hjbestbier - 2012-03-28 16:29

      Senzo. The choice of words is the worst - and, it did attrack horrible comments. We don't know half of the kind of mistakes people make which ended in tragic car-accidents. A lot of people drink and drive (now how stupid can that be)...BUT THEY THINK THEY ARE VERY CLEVER AND FAST AND WITTY... A lot of people go on driving with not enough sleep before they start driving. You will hardly find harsh comments about that in the news reports.

      leigh.windvogel - 2012-03-29 16:13

      we dont say she deserved it, her stupidity cost her life. she trespassed, airstrips are pedestrian crossing

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:19

      She was crossing a damn RUNWAY, where, you know, AIRPLANES land. I'm sorry but I have zero sympathy. When you play with fire, expect to get burned.

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-28 10:17

    I feel sorry for the pilot, he was after all in the right place at the right time, as for this stupid woman, she shouldn't have even been there, whilst I do feel sorry for her as that is a horrific way to die, I hope this serves as a lesson to all the other silly people who chose to run across a runway or even a highway for that matter... Fact remains she shouldn't have been there in the first place!!!

      Rashida - 2012-03-28 14:33

      meredith you are stupid for not respecting the dead.everyone can make a mistake,and she is already paying for her mistake with her life.and to the pilot it is not his fault.God writes the time of birth and the time you will die

      Mike - 2012-03-28 14:56

      There was a fence there to keep stupid people away but the stupid people were even stupider than expected. They illegally used laddders to climb the fence and trespass on the runway. Meredith you are right - she shouldn't have been there in the first pl,ace.

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:37

      ok we get it.but she is dead.I am sure you will expect compassion when something tragic happens to yours.

  • lytteot7 - 2012-03-28 10:25

    Some people commenting here and those that like their status are so stupid. Being hit by a car, bike or a plane what does it have to do with being tied up on your mother's back when they were young? Do u know how many pedestrians die because of drivers' carelessness?

      Linda - 2012-03-28 10:40

      And how many pedestrians die because of their OWN carelessness - Do NOT cross highways and runways - It's that simple! Use pedestrian crossings/bridges on highways and stay the hell away from runways.

      lytteot7 - 2012-03-28 10:42

      Linda yes you are right but what does being hit by a car has anything to do with being tied up on your mother's back when you were young?

      Linda - 2012-03-28 11:01

      I never said it did, I'm talking about careless pedestrians.

      Colin - 2012-03-28 15:38

      it's clled depth perception. please look it up.

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:29

      lytteot7 : The comments about babies being strapped to their mothers back refer to the speculation that this causes a problem with the child's depth-perception (the ability to judge distance). This hasn't, to my knowledge, been proven but until it has many believe this to be the cause

  • Jabu - 2012-03-28 10:26

    Sad story. I am sure if she was white, some people would have not commented what I just saw now. Not yet uhuru!

      Linda - 2012-03-28 10:42

      UUUGGGHHH, here we go again, the race card.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-28 11:00

      I don't blame him Linda, some of these comments are disgusting.

      Linda - 2012-03-28 11:16

      There is never a good reason for the race card!

      Sheik - 2012-03-28 11:24

      Juba I would like to reply to your comment by saying that if she was white this would never have happened, but that would imply that I'm white and a racist, so I won't comment.

      Raymond - 2012-03-28 11:44

      And yet Jabu, you refer to Uhuru?

      Lucia - 2012-03-28 13:00

      Tony, I agree... What a mess!

      nsda29 - 2012-03-28 13:31

      Linda did you read the comment made by Eric about Blacks and being carried on their mothers back. The race card was started by a white man. Its offensive to us blacks. A woman lost her life, children lost their mother and to blame blacks is just stupid and senseless s forgive us for responding to such comments

      Linda - 2012-03-28 15:40

      @nsda I did not see the comment, it was deleted. I did not respond to Eric's comment just the part about careless pedestrians who I believe are a major cause of deaths on the roads. Use the footbridge instead of taking a chance.

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-29 12:31

      @Jabu, if she had been white I would have made the exact same comment I made earlier, stupid is stupid no matter the damn colour of your skin...

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:35

      I would say exactly the same thing, regardless of colour. Please don't bring your racism here, it's not needed nor wanted. nsda29 : There is speculation (unproven as far as I know), that carrying a baby on your back (facing you) causes problems in the growth of the child's depth perception (their ability to judge distance). There is nothing racist about it.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-03-28 10:32

    Some idiots take chances in life!

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:42

      yes ailsa they do.some comment on N24.seems like they rule the world order?

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-03-28 10:34

    i'm really sorry for the family BUT... WT...!! Only person at fault here is lying in the morgue!! This is why i "love" Africa :P

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:43

      that is why you love Africa,you just could not resist couldn't you.take a dig at em ,one of em just died you know but hey you are alive possibly immortal.

  • deandk128 - 2012-03-28 10:35

    She saw half a chance and took it......

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:39

      She took a chance and came up short? ... I'm horrible :(

  • tdshezi - 2012-03-28 10:37

    A very sad story but uniquely South African! It shows the poverty people live in and the lack of development and resources all over South Africa. I am still shocked and when I saw the headline, I could not have guessed what happened. Let her soul rest in peace. The real culprit here is ACSA for operating an unsafe airport as the Aviation Act requires not the poor woman.

      Michelle - 2012-03-28 11:06

      Explain please!! As I understand it the airport is fenced but ladders have been placed to get over the fence? Where is ACSA operating an unsafe airport??

      stampalex - 2012-03-28 11:22

      Actually all it confirms is that some people are just plain stupid and seemingly do not care (or perhaps even have the basic human ability to care?) about their's or other's lives. The stupidity of it begs belief...

      Mvikeli - 2012-03-28 11:51

      @Michelle: the article states that residents regularly climb these ladders to cross the runway. If your house had a wall and you found a ladder there and also found people regularly climbing the ladder and walking around on your property would you not do something about it? What did the ACSA do about this? This woman was crazy to have done this but guaranteed if the plane had not killed her she would still be doing it. That places an obligation on ACSA to keep pedestrians out of that airport.

      Michelle - 2012-03-28 11:57

      @Mvikeli - I hear what you saying BUT don't you think it is time for people to take responsibility for their own actions and to stop looking for someone else to blame. We do not know whether ACSA removed the ladders on a regular basis or not and the people just kept breaking the law and entering a fenced property. The FACTS are that she was trespassing and no-one but herself can be held accountable.

      Rob - 2012-03-28 12:14

      Michelle: Well said. How on earth can we stop people believing in collective responsibility (means somebody else) and start believing in individual accountability. This was tragic, but it was the result on the individual's action. Sad, but no one else is to blame.

      Mvikeli - 2012-03-28 14:32

      @Michelle: regardless of who is to blame or not to blame, the fact remains that the airport is not as safe as it should be. It is unheard of that, on a regular basis, pedestrians walk across an active runway. Even if they remove these ladders on an hourly basis, today's story shows that currently not enough is being done to curb these pedestrians. I bet you after this measures will be put in place to improve the security there.

      Colin - 2012-03-28 15:41

      yes, the fence was to keep the planes in and not the padestrians out. good thinking on your part.

      flysouth - 2012-03-28 16:17

      ACSA has nothing to do with this airfield - the local municipality is the body responsible. We all know how well those folks manage everything.

  • Irma - 2012-03-28 10:38

    Shame man, the woman was just trying to collect some wood and get home as soon as possible. Isn’t that what we all do after a day’s work? Have some respect people- you wouldn’t be saying how stupid she was if it was a member of your family. And bear in mind that she saw it coming, she obviously felt it, and who knows if she died instantly or not. Shame. :(

      Patsy - 2012-03-28 11:21

      It is a shame and I hope she wasn't the main supporter of her family. However, NO member of my family would be idiotic enough to go anywhere near a runway at an airport

      Irma - 2012-03-28 13:13

      Well Patsy you are obviously just lucky enough that your family doesn’t have to go anywhere near a runway. Not everybody can be as lucky as us that we don’t have to walk home with who knows how much wood- we can just hop into our cars, drive home and switch on a plug to cook. It’s not idiotic; it’s doing what she had to do to survive. There was that story about a schoolchild being swept away by a river on their way to school- a river that they have to swim across to get to school. Now are you going to call that child idiot because they crossed the river and drowned??? It’s the same principal.

      Bibi - 2012-03-28 13:41

      Irma: Let's face it - nobody runs across a landing strip right in front of a landing plane. To compare the drowning child(!) to an adult who should have the maturity to make a choice is rather insensitive. Adults get killed on the N2 outside Cape Town because they choose not to use the pedestrian bridges.Bless her soul, but she has traumatised several people and left her family without a mother.

      Keikantseng - 2012-03-28 15:36


      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-28 15:54

      It is ignorance and need, not stupidity that caused this tragedy. Stop calling this poor woman stupid. How often does a plane land in Ermelo? Much like a buck staring into the headlights, the lady froze in panic. Let's not be so insulting to the dead, please.

      Irma - 2012-03-28 16:23

      Bibi- panic causes people's common sense to fly straight out the window. Trust me, I've been in situations and after I've thought about all the things I should have done instead. Unfortunately, in this womans panic she chose to do the wrong thing and she paid for it with her life. Isn't that enough of a punishment? Why does she still need to be humiliated and insulted? And comparing her to a child crossing a river to get to school isn't insensitive at all- the fact remains that sometimes people do what they have to do, even if WE don't agree with it. And how can we agree or disagree when we've ever been in that situation?

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:48

      Actually Irma, if a member of my family did this I WOULD be saying about stupid that person was. Just because they're my family, would not change the way I feel about it. It would be more personal, but it wouldn't detract from how stupid my family member had been.

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:53

      TaniaSandraSteyn : "How often does a plane land in Ermelo?" Utterly irrelevant. Whether it's ORT or Ermelo, it doesn't matter. Crossing a runway is, afaik, a criminal offense and just down right stupid to boot. It is something you DO-NOT-DO, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the reason.

  • Stephen - 2012-03-28 10:40

    If it had been a man slice in half that Beetles song would be appropriate. "Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be"

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:47

      yeah funny Stephen,wait until the wheel turns this song will be appropriate:"its not funny anymore"

  • zaakiro - 2012-03-28 10:41

    In South Africa we find new ways to loose life every day...only in South Africa Nevertheless after reading many comments, i have this to say: The women should never have been on the runway... The Plane couldn't have avoided her at the last minute especially coming down at high speeds whether it's a jumbo jet or private two seater. Readers shouldn't make this a race issue, whether it's a black women and white pilot or white women an black pilot or even a smurfette and barney as pilot...the fact is that it's an error in judgement to run across and an accident for the pilot. An at the end of the day the family of the women will be shattered obviously loosing a wife, mother, sister or daughter is always a sad condolences to the family. As for the pilot, only he will know what his going through...will be tough dealing with such a situation knowing that in someway he had a part to play in her death although it was really out of his control and i don't think any fault can be laid against him. Maybe the Ermelo Airport needs to take some serious measures against trespassers now and eliminate such incidents.

      Michelle - 2012-03-28 11:08

      Aahh... the calm voice of reason. Well said!

      Sheik - 2012-03-28 11:26

      You make sense.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-03-28 12:19

      Let's look at it realisticaly without making it a "race" issue. Ever even heard of a white walking around on an active runway?

      nsda29 - 2012-03-28 13:37

      Million thumbs up to you ZAAKIRIHNO!! Kobie Trillion thumbs down to your comment!

      Lucia - 2012-03-28 13:45

      Well said! I could read Zaakirinho's comment and respect you for it.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-03-28 13:56

      @kobie.nel1, Not that i can recall... But he would probably be behind the flight controls of an aeroplane on the active runway?

      andre.sunnasy - 2012-03-28 14:31

      @Kobie.nel, yes, you're absolutely right, just like YOUR facebook page, no blacks on it either...HF Verwoerd, "may in rot in agony" will be happy with your thinking, be it on a virtual platforma anyway.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-28 15:59

      Kobie, I am White, worked at the airport, and at least twice walked into the path of taxiing aircraft in the 20 years I worked there. Both times because the wind blows so strongly at out local airport that I was blinded by grit blown up from taxi-way. I was not the only one either. Kry vir jou.

      Clive - 2012-03-28 17:43

      About the only sane, intellegent, objective comment on this unfortunate and avoidable incident.

      Xboxs - 2012-03-28 17:49

      Kobie.ne1: Let's look at it realisticaly without making it a "race" issue. Question : Ever even heard of a dumb white trolling on forums? Answer : Yes ,kobie.Nel1 ,IQ = 18

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-03-29 23:25

      @Xbox, hie, I know my IQ and theirfore you make me smile, Oh yes, Ermelo Airport needs to take some serious measures against trespassers now and eliminate such incidents. Let us kill the trespassers and prevent damage to the plane, and protect the lives of those in the planes. Ever saw that 2 meter high walls on the Witbank highway to stop the ...."whites".... from running over the highway and get killed???? It is right there where the "highjack hotspot" notices are.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-03-30 08:28

      @Tania, ongelukkig gebeur sulke dinge met mense wat besig is met hulle werk soms. Ek self het al foutjies gemaak ennie net twee keer nie, maar as ek jou raad kan gee moet jy maar in die vervolg vir jou 'n stofbril kry as die wind waai op die runway. As jy al 20 jaar daar wek behoort jy te begin kyk na 'n bril vir sulke omstandighede. Ouderdom is hel, ook op die sig.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-03-30 08:33

      @andre.sunnasy. And why would it be expected to have blacks on my facebook page?? My black friends work for me and are not letterd enough to use a PC or even understand English well enough to use facebook, but they have a roof over their heads and food to eat, and some money left over from their salaries I pay them. Any problem with that????

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 09:58

      kobie.nel1 : "Ever even heard of a white walking around on an active runway?" No, but I've seen plenty of them walking around the middle of the road in the dead of night. This is not about colour. It's about a poor lack of common sense and judgement; as well as a complete disregard to the Law.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-03-28 10:45

    i hope they open a trust fund to aid the pilot to fix his plane. ps: the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence!

      Xboxs - 2012-03-28 17:47

      And people wonder who they have offended when karma bites them in the behind. Go for heart transplant because yours is definitely without a shadow of doubt rotten. You have lost the ability to be human and you comment reads like something written by a gorri…a

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:49

      it is insured,professor douche bag.

  • Jamie - 2012-03-28 10:46

    Flying machines - Mukiwa magic

  • Linda - 2012-03-28 10:51

    DISCLAIMER! INSENSITIVE COMMENT COMING! All emotion removed - that must have been pretty gross.......#finaldestination

  • Nerina Truter Smith - 2012-03-28 10:59

    Women are always on the short end, they are the ones who must see to the daily needs for the household while the men is at work. I know she was at the wrong place on the wrong time and the pilot is not guilty, but it is very sad. The people must be not cross roads, railways, airstrips, whatsoever if there is danger involved. I can imagine it what state the pilot must be, my husband also fly and the strip where he land is also near an informal me reason to ask the flight club to erect warning signs next to the strip. ....somewhere there might be a little one who cant understand why his mommy is not coming home, due to a human mistake....and it could be prevented.

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:53

      it could have been avoided but what breaks my heart is that we saffas are clevas, we can turn a square into a circle,we just cut corners anywhere,anytime!

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-03-28 11:01

    Poor plane.

      Rifkar Ramovha - 2012-03-28 12:06

      How can u say that•

      Xboxs - 2012-03-28 17:39

      Hmmm...need a shrink catgirl1971?

      Franky - 2012-03-29 01:38

      pilot should have fitted bullbars

  • Cynthia - 2012-03-28 11:02

    Very, very sad but definitely not the pilot's fault. They were trespassing and got caught in the crossfire. My sympathy to the family.

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-03-28 11:20

    Lo ranway is da road for da people. We can stroll all ova. I flew RC planes before and it was standard for some young blacks to walk straight down the runway with a arrogant attetude that was unbelievable. Take into account that an RC plane weights about 3Kg and move at 120Km/h it will take you out for sure. The pilots attention is rivited to the plane and he does not see his emmediate surroundings. When you have a problem and need to make a fast landing or dead stick landing, an arrogant idiot on the runway will sure as hell come second. IT IS NOT A ROAD FOR DA PEOPLE!!!!!

      Heibrin - 2012-03-29 08:34

      @XBoxs: and from your comment we gather the following: a) you were probably one of those young black men walking on the runway, b) everything is the white man's fault.... or so you believe. Personally I think you need to have your boots filled with the mentioned cement, and invited to take a stroll through Cape Town harbour.

  • Bobo - 2012-03-28 11:42

    I saw a similar accident with a grown giraffe one day..poor thing tried to get to the other one who was on heat...He only had one thing on his mind, but then again he was just a poor animal and none the wiser.

      Xboxs - 2012-03-28 17:21

      Ha ha ha very funny,i am sure we all know what you are getting at.Your avatar alone is enough to inform any sane mind of what a s..k f..k you are.

      Heibrin - 2012-03-29 08:35

      As much as your avatar and facebook page will indicate you're a criminal.

      Bobo - 2012-03-29 22:58

      Xboxs is a racist and even hates animals - He is the only one that thinks my tragic giraffe story is funny..He even hates my avatar of bobo who died two years ago in a freak accident on my banana farm, and on top of that he cals me sick and sweared at me. Please Xboxs come to my banana farm are most welcome.

  • David - 2012-03-28 11:43

    I am on the pilots side. What if he had died? We would have lost another ecomical contributor. The woman should not have been on the runway, and I am sorry this was her own doing. If it had been my mother, I still would have felt the same.

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 18:55

      I am on the pilots side. What if he had died? he didn't If it had been my mother, I still would have felt the same. psycho.

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 10:04

      Hugo: Why psycho? If someone in my family walked across a runway I would have two feelings (in this order): 1. Sadness that a family member died, 2. Disgust that a member of my family could be so incredibly stupid. Stupid is stupid, regardless of blood.

  • Ernestine - 2012-03-28 11:44

    Why would a post-mortem be needed? I would think it's pretty clear how she died!

      Bobo - 2012-03-28 11:57

      In every case of an unnatural death an inquest docket have to be opened..According to law an autopsy have to be performed on the body irrespective of the condition or time lapse when the body was dicovered.

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-03-28 11:53

    Some comments are really insensitive, calling this woman a stupid idiot is really distasteful. Yes, she should not have been on the airstrip but there in no need for people to be this nasty. Her relatives could be reading these comments. Incidences like these dohappen, my friend's son was hit by a car, apparently the driver hooted but he didn't hear the car because he had earphones in, luckily he didn't die and he learnt a very hard lesson but no one called him a stupid idiot. Its just wrong.

      Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-03-28 12:17

      I agree with you and I apologise for my fellow countrymen.

      Rob - 2012-03-28 14:36

      Wearing earphones, listening to music and walking in the road I think qualifies him to be called an idiot!

      nokuthandwa - 2012-03-28 14:49

      @criticallyhonest you missed the whole point of my comment idiot!

      Rob - 2012-03-28 18:15

      Then try to be more articulate and use meaningful words not invective....ok look it up!

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 10:12

      " Some comments are really insensitive, calling this woman a stupid idiot is really distasteful. " - When you walk across a highway, or runway, you are playing with fire and when you play with fire, you are going to get burned. "Incidences like these do happen, my friend's son was hit by a car, apparently the driver hooted but he didn't hear the car because he had earphones in." - Sorry to hear, I really am. Assuming he was crossing a road (you didn't specify): did he look BOTH ways before crossing the road? Did he continuously look for oncoming vehicles while he crossed the road? From the sounds of it, he didn't and thus it's his own fault. However, if he did then it was an unfortunate accident. He is very lucky he didn't die. My response may sound crass and heartless, but that's simply how I see things. This applies to myself as well; if I decide to cross a runway I deserve everything that happens to me as a consequence of my actions.

  • brand0nbradley - 2012-03-28 11:56

    Yes she was trespassing. And she put others at risk. But to be honest if I had the choice, I would also cross the effen airport rather than walk the 3 - 5 kays around to take firewood home to serve my kids a hot meal and tuck them in nice and them warm for the night. Sad how people are their worst selves behind a keyboard.

      nsda29 - 2012-03-28 13:43

      Well said Brand. Looking at this from a different point of view. The woman may have had a choice of choosing a different route but taking a shot cut was more reasonable for her unfortunately tragedy was waiting for her. I can understand if this was a common accident in this airport but this was a 1 in a million accidents and i guess it was common and safe for them.

      Linda - 2012-03-28 16:21

      Would you ... would you really! I doubt the detour would be as much as 3-5 km. I would rather be safe than sorry myself. Tony, that's a bit harsh, we don't even know each other buddy. Life lost is sad, I don't dispute that for a minute.

      nsda29 - 2012-03-28 22:44

      Linda my dear these woman are 50+ and 3km is too much for them. You have never been in their shoes so you dont understand how difficult it is for them. Its clear you've never struggled in life and you dont know what sacrifices other people have to go thru to get food and fire to cook fortheir families other wise crossing the runway so that you can reach home 2hr earlier than usual would've been a better choice for you AND please dont say 'you'll never do that' because driving to the supermarket and being stuck in traffic is way too easy. I agree with Tony your comments are too ignorant and its clear they come from someone who's sitting on a pedestal.

      Heibrin - 2012-03-29 08:37

      So let me get this straight: they can climb a 2.5m high ladder, up and down, four times, twice with firewood but can't walk 3km??

      Heibrin - 2012-03-29 08:43

      @nsda29: why not blame the real culprits here: the ANc for failure of service delivery. If they had provided the proper services to this woman's home (assuming she had a built home / been the recipient of an RDP house) such as electricity (heating and cooking sorted, no need for firewood) as well as proper roads (no need for fence-climbing). And please remember the truest saying ever: common sense isn't common to everyone.

      Linda - 2012-03-29 09:30

      Some rules have to be NON NEGOTIABLE for the safety of EVERYONE. Had the pilot died or been injured and the pilot was your loved one would you still say ... but the lady was poor and had to take firewood home so it's okay. Nsda and Tony try not making this personal. You don't know me, you don't know of my sacrifices or struggles.

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 10:17

      "Yes she was trespassing. And she put others at risk. But to be honest if I had the choice, I would also cross the effen airport rather than walk the 3 - 5 kays around to take firewood home to serve my kids a hot meal and tuck them in nice and them warm for the night." So she was fully justified in breaking the law? Nice. I understand your sentiment, but do you think your kids would approve of you risking your life needlessly? Is your life not worth the extra 3-5km's? Are the extra 3-5km's not worth it, for your family's sake? What would happen if you were to die? Then daddy would not be around to serve them a nice hot meal and tuck them in at night.

  • Vicky - 2012-03-28 12:00

    could she not just have waited the 30 or so seconds for the plane to pass?

      Irma - 2012-03-28 13:36

      I ask the same question about drivers of cars who dart over the red robots and stop streets without stopping. It's not just her that couldn't wait, it's thousands of people do the same thing.

  • Uwe - 2012-03-28 12:08

    Why would they need to perform a post-mortem? Quite obvious cause of death innit?

      skootzie - 2012-04-02 10:22

      It's law. Any unnatural death needs to be confirmed/investigated by a ME by post-mortem.

  • Fatima - 2012-03-28 12:34

    is there a airport is ERMELO....?? YAWH YAWH....

  • Fanie - 2012-03-28 12:44

    This incident is not different from a taxi driving true a red traffic's normal in SA and let's just live it as that without any insensitive speculation.

      Irma - 2012-03-28 16:25