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SANDF: Mandela crew not in crash

2012-11-08 12:49

Johannesburg - The SA National Defence Force has denied a report that the aircraft that crashed at the Mthatha airport, in the Eastern Cape, was transporting former president Nelson Mandela's medical personnel.

"This activity had no connection to the medical support that is normally rendered to the former president.... The plane was not transporting medicine or his [Mandela's] doctors," Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said on Thursday.

He said it was not yet clear how many people were on the plane when it crash-landed at the airport on Wednesday morning.

On Thursday, the DispatchOnline reported that 16 people, including pilots and doctors, were taken to hospital for medical check-ups after the SANDF military aircraft crash-landed.

Eastern Cape police said it was not clear what caused the crash, and that the aircraft had sustained some damage.

"The engine was damaged, as well as the right wing and propeller," said Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela.

He said an investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the incident.

Comments
  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 13:02

    A lack of lift generally causes a crash.

      Rudolf - 2012-11-08 16:25

      That AND not lowering the undercarriage...

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-08 13:47

    Maybe it hit a cow or a pothole!

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-11-08 14:05

      @Mike Peach Purchase, or maybe a goat or a donkey!

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-11-08 13:49

    AA pilot?

      Rudolf - 2012-11-08 16:24

      Yip, female. My friends on the ground says it appears the aircraft is beyond economical repair. One less aerie for the SAAF, and No money to replace it either....

      silenta.solly - 2012-11-08 16:26

      How stupid........

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-08 16:47

      She did a crash course in flying.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-11-08 14:45

    LOL...unless some of the people 'jump' of the plane the numbers should be equal to those boarding the plane, not so Brigader.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-08 15:24

      In Africa do those on the roof and wings also boarded the plane??

  • lielie.smit - 2012-11-08 15:13

    just because it's mthatha doesn't mean it has anything to do with Mandela! jeeewiz!

  • CeRvAnTeS - 2012-11-08 15:35

    Now they can buy new ones?

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2012-11-08 16:05

    Lack of concentration = lack of flying capability = crashlanding....

      Rudolf - 2012-11-08 16:27

      AA + being forced into a position that you are NOT suitable/capable for = crash&burn...

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-08 16:33

    Now is the time for SANDF and all its leaders to swallow their pride and make SANDF a good and effective department to can render good services to the people of this country, and stop treating soldiers like people who are not educated and can be just controled by remote, we need a defence force that is capable and have high moral to protect this nation.

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-08 16:45

      what is ur comment got to do with a plane crash???

  • bernadette.kay.5 - 2012-12-06 11:29

    NOT SURE how many memebrs were on the plane!!! What happened to the procedure that a PAX list must be compiled BEFORE an aircraft takes off?

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