'Planes might have flown into mountain'

2011-08-16 10:17

Johannesburg - Two aircraft that went missing near Tzaneen appear to have flown into the mountain on Mamotswiri Peak, Search and Rescue SA spokesperson Johnny Smit said on Tuesday.

Smit said, however, that this could not be confirmed.

"We don't know if there are any survivors," he said.

"We are still hoisting people down into the area."

Both planes were discovered by a police helicopter, after weather allowed for search and rescue efforts to continue on Tuesday.

The wreckage was found high up on the peak at about 08:00, he said.

"We searched for half an hour, and had an idea from Sunday, as to where the planes were located."

SA Civil Aviation Authority coming in

An air force helicopter was on standby to assist if needed.

He said the SA Civil Aviation Authority would take over as soon as Search and Rescue had accounted for everyone on the aircraft.

Bad weather and low cloud conditions had hampered operations on Monday, Smit said.

Family of those on board had gathered in Tzaneen.

The Albatross planes, with at least 13 people on board, were presumed to have crashed in the George's Valley area, between Polokwane and Tzaneen, on Sunday.

The planes took off from a landing strip in Tzaneen after an air show and were headed to the Rand Airport in Germiston.

  • grannumj - 2011-08-16 10:24

    Always continue to hope and pray! And if hope should fail you, continue to pray, for that will then get you through the hardest time to come! My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends of the passengers and pilots! I lost my cousin in the Plet Italtile plane crash in February. It is a long road, just be there for each other either way. - 2011-08-16 11:50

      Nicely said grannumj....I can never understand the 'thumbs down' in situations like this....what kind of person would thumbs down a comment like yours...?...the mentality of some people on these forums boggles the mind.....

      darkwing - 2011-08-16 14:14

      I agree. Why not come out, you cowards, and say your piece.

      RichyRich - 2011-08-16 16:34

      Shame I think the thumbs down can't speak english!

      deemary - 2011-08-16 16:44

      Im so sorry. I clicked on the thumbs down to see the names of who would click on it...only to find myself registering a thumbs down click. SORRY.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-08-16 16:54

      @deemary - Go back and just click thumbs up again and the previous thumbs down click will be cancelled and replaced with the thumbs up !!!!

      frankm - 2011-08-16 22:18

      All those that gave a thumbs down are absolute idiots

  • Bottom Line - 2011-08-16 10:31


      Madelein Potgieter - 2011-08-16 10:44

      Where is your FAITH???????????

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-16 10:49

      We need to be realistic...chances of finding survivors will be slim...but lets hope.

      grant9 - 2011-08-16 10:59

      There were no survivors.

  • kenneth.roselt - 2011-08-16 10:33

    let's hope they find the passengers alive. prayers with the families during this time.

      tiotudg - 2011-08-16 10:57

      En wat van die bemanning - hulle was ook mense met siele, en met naasbestaandes?????????

  • Gregory - 2011-08-16 10:34

    This is very tragic indeed. And i PRAY that there is survivors, May they be safe , and may God be with all the family members as they wait for Further news. We are praying for a good outcome here in Phalaborwa!!

  • Mikea - 2011-08-16 10:36

    Lets hope for miracles

  • Ann - 2011-08-16 10:37

    Thoughts and prayers go to everyone involved in this tragedy, including the rescuers who have braved some tough challenges.

  • honibabie - 2011-08-16 10:43

    thoughts and prayers go out to all the families. this is such a sad time. hoping and praying for a miracle

  • MWF - 2011-08-16 10:43


  • Lisa - 2011-08-16 10:44

    Let's pray for a miracle. Thoughts are with everyone involved.

  • izzy - 2011-08-16 10:48

    My prayers are with the families, i pray for news of survivors.

  • VELOCITY - 2011-08-16 10:48

    I don't understand, these were ex-military planes so don't they have radar or something? So, so sad...

      Silentnight - 2011-08-16 10:57

      No these planes only carried the normal navigational equipment

  • Bra Pat - 2011-08-16 10:50

    pliz can someone stop these might and may reports,that end up misleading and confusing and traumatizing people. Stop misleading until u have the facts.

  • Nouz - 2011-08-16 10:54

    My friends dad was one of the pilots, she has confirmed that there are mo survivors

  • jeremy - 2011-08-16 10:56

    I'm really sorry, but all you people praying for survivors are being ridiculous. Two aircraft hit a mountain simultaneously at something like on earth can there be survivors? I feel as deeply as you all do for the victims and their families - but get real! There cannot be survivors in an incident like this.....

  • Theresa - 2011-08-16 10:56

    Our condolences to the families.News24 just confirmed that there are no survivors.There were 13 people onboard.R.I.P

  • Ralph - 2011-08-16 11:15

    It is all so sad. The SAAF lost one of these aircraft off Dassen Island back in 1976. They were used for maritime patrols. We do hope for the best.

  • Kim - 2011-08-16 11:27

    Very very tragic, no words can bring back the people who have lost their lives. One can only give support and prayer to the familys and friends immediatly effected. God give you strength in this very difficult time.

  • Peter - 2011-08-16 12:04

    Jo Pete . It continues to amaze me why pilots take a chance by flying in bad weather. I have lost several buddies in this way. Very careful pilots who for some unknown reason take the fatal chance.

  • bronco - 2011-08-16 12:22

    Recentley 16th June 2011 lost a very good friend in Giro accident. My prayers with all the family left behind. They now part of Gods Chosen Angels

  • bobby rowe - 2011-08-16 12:49

    my condolences for the families left behind,these are the worst things we can go through,but chin up we will fly again with them in heaven.

  • deemary - 2011-08-16 16:42

    O NO. I clicked on the thumbs down to see the names of people who would click on it....only to find myself registering a thumbs down click. UNINTENDED-SORRY.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-08-16 16:43

    Osama bin laden had a fight with Hansie Cronje ,he said : " I told to you to fly the plane into George Bush and not a Bush in George ".

  • Mark - 2011-08-16 17:32

    This is so sad, it would have been better if they were hijacked at least the authorities could have paid the ransom. My prayers go to the families and friends. It is a sad day for South Africa. Rest in peace! ! ! !

  • frankm - 2011-08-16 22:17

    The thumbs down are all absolute idiots

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