Rescuers suspend search for missing SA plane

2012-10-31 20:03

Cape Town - Rescue personnel have suspended search operations for a South African-registered light aircraft which went missing over Mozambique.

The small Baron 58 was carrying two people, thought to be South Africans, when it took off from Lilongwe airport en route to Lanseria airport, north of Johannesburg, on Sunday.

Santjie White, chief of the Aeronautical Rescue Centre in Johannesburg told News24 on Wednesday that a heavy storm halted operations.

The search area is reportedly very remote, but personnel and volunteers would continue the search on Thursday.

The plane had started experiencing engine difficulties in Mozambique, and the pilot rerouted to Beira where he never arrived.

White said the aircraft never entered South African airspace.

  • robert.warriner - 2012-10-31 21:24

    They are South Africans. Residents of Midrand. Father and son on board. Thoughts and prayers to them and their family.

      ryan.macdougall - 2012-11-01 08:30

      Very sad

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2012-11-01 00:47

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-01 09:13

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Terribly sad.

  • chantel.spirito1 - 2012-11-12 15:06

    I worked with Bryan Simms- such sad news!!

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