Planes' wreckage: No word on survivors

2011-08-16 09:27

Johannesburg - The wreckage of the two aircraft that went missing in George's Valley near Tzaneen has been found, Search and Rescue SA spokesperson Johnny Smit said on Tuesday.

Smit said it was not yet established if any of the people on board survived the crash.

Rescue personnel were being hoisted down into the area to look for survivors, he said.

When News24 last spoke to Smit he said there was no word yet from rescuers on whether or not they had found survivors or bodies.

He said, however, that communication with the rescue team was tricky given that they were in a mountainous region.

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

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

He added that rescue efforts would be a "straight forward operation".

Most of the family of those on board had also gathered in Tzaneen. Family and media in the area were being briefed by rescue personnel.

The planes disappeared on the way to Germiston after an air show on Sunday.

  • Spaffy - 2011-08-16 09:38

    No word YET...

      Linus - 2011-08-16 10:21

      Well for TWO aircraft to go down tells me the pilots had to have made some error - very sad and totally avoidable...

      O-Kay - 2011-08-16 10:28

      Thoughts with the families, and any survivors! :'(

      DeonL - 2011-08-16 10:55

      Unfortuanatley it has now been confirmed (10h45) all 13 died. RIP.

  • Anni24_7 - 2011-08-16 09:39

    No news is good news?

  • onmyway - 2011-08-16 09:40

    You never know, maybe there are some survivors. That would be great.

      WhiteMalema - 2011-08-16 09:51

      I sooo wish you are right. I also hope that MelJay has been misinformed.

  • MelJay - 2011-08-16 09:40

    Sadly we've just heard from a direct family member waiting, that there were no survivors! My thoughts and prayers and deepest condolences to each and everyone............

      Danielle - 2011-08-16 10:14

      Who MelJay.. Im friends with the family members. and they have heard nothing yet.

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-16 10:27

      Very glad you're not family or a friend of mine, rushing off with what I would imagine (if what you're saying is factual) be told in confidence, with no expectation for you to up it onto the Internet (for obviously self-serving purposes) the very first chance you got. Disgusting display of friendship.

  • Janice - 2011-08-16 09:43

    I certainly hope there are survivors!!!

  • Nic Holmes - 2011-08-16 09:59

    Unfortunately there are no survivors... Sad news it is

  • Lize - 2011-08-16 09:59

    hope and pray for ALL survivors!!!!!!

  • MelJay - 2011-08-16 10:01

    So do I wish that I was misinformed, believe me!!! My friends mother was on board --- and he was told "no survivors" :( ! :( !

  • David - 2011-08-16 10:08

    @Biko - I can only sit here and laugh at your comment. Its people like you that make people like us generalise. Stupid idiot.

  • Zodwa - 2011-08-16 10:09

    I doubt that anyone survived. My deepest condolences to the families.

  • biskit - 2011-08-16 10:11

    I Fear the worst i'm afraid

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  • allanmcd - 2011-08-16 10:13

    How a sad news story like this crashes into spiteful, ignorant, abusive racial hatred just illustrates to me that perhaps whites and blacks simply do not want to make peace in this country, or on this continent. The contributors to this forum cannot write, cannot spell, cannot think. All that most of them are good for is spitting.I can smell them from here. They stink too.

      O-Kay - 2011-08-16 10:27

      @Allanmcd, don't presume automatically that because someone has listed an african name that they are black. Some list themselves with a black name in order to stir up emotions. They are trolls, out to create hatred and spite. Eaach of us can only be responsible for our own remarks, therefore maintain your dignity and don't allow them to make you less than you are! :)

  • jeremy - 2011-08-16 10:21

    Look, it's sad when this kind of accident happens, but this obsession with the possibility of people surviving is beyond me. Two aircraft crash simultaneously in bad weather. Only two things can have happened...either they hit each other and crashed - or they flew simultaneously into high ground. There was no report of a distress message so it must have happened very quickly. And from that moment, there was really no hope of anyone surviving. I'm deeply sorry for them and their families, but those are the facts....

      henk - 2011-08-16 10:42

      I wonder if you would be so "factual" if it was your loved ones on board. They are hoping for a glimpse of hope during, what must be, a very dificult time for them. Show some compassion please

      jeremy - 2011-08-16 11:35

      Henk, one always hopes for the best, but when reality stares you in the face and tells you there is NO hope, then you just have to accept it and move on. It was obvious from the moment these two planes disappeared simultaneously that there was no hope of anyone surviving.

  • Brendan - 2011-08-16 10:24

    What made both planes crash? I understand a technical error would take down one, but for both planes to go down raises a lot of questions? Were the planes flying too close to eachother, which is irresponsible piloting? Was there adverse weather conditions that took out both planes? Were they racing eachother? I hope I am wrong, but it does look like this is pilot error.

  • Brenda - 2011-08-16 10:26

    This is so sad, my heart goes out to all the families and friends. I pray for you all to find the strength to get through this heartbreaking time. God bless. Brenda

  • Aeon - 2011-08-16 10:32

    @ BIKO- You useless racist piece of crap! Just because your mother told you hate people paler than you doesn't make it right you idiot! Are you one of those kids who were told by your parents that EVERYTHING is the fault of the white person? Wake up and look what your black friends are doing to this country you sod! This article was about two planes with passengers that crashed of which all the passengers probably died! What the hell has it got to do with race? You must be satan's spawn because only he can come up with the crap that you did in your comment. May the families who were left behind find peace. May time heal and may God bless you with His love and wipe your tears. There is nothing worse than loosing a family member. My thoughts are with everyone who lost someone in that crash today.

      Nox - 2011-08-16 11:21

      U r lying;u r saying wht u say because u want people to think u r a gud person but u r can ur thoughts be with the family

  • JR - 2011-08-16 10:34

    Our prayers are with the families of this tragedy.

      Nox - 2011-08-16 11:23

      Let my ancestors b with the family

  • Wendy - 2011-08-16 11:18

    Wendy This is tragic for the aviation industry as a whole. All people on board confirmed 13 deaths. Rest in peace. Family and friends our thoughts are with you at a time like this. Linda you were such a lovely person and may you rest in peace it was a honout to have known you.

  • Allyson Williams - 2011-08-16 13:17

    Very, very, sad. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

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