Search for missing planes resumes

2011-08-15 07:15

Johannesburg - The search for two light aircraft that went missing in George's Valley in Limpopo will continue on Monday, Search and Rescue SA said.

"We are now briefing pilots as to the search pattern and they will begin searching as soon as possible," said spokesperson Johnny Smit.

He said overnight foot patrols had searched for the two planes which went missing while flying to Gauteng after an airshow in Tzaneen.

The planes took off from a landing strip in Tarentaal, a small farming community in Tzaneen, on Sunday, and were headed to Rand Airport in Germiston.

The Albatross planes, carrying six people each, were presumed to be in the George's Valley area, between Polokwane and Tzaneen, Mopani District Municipality spokesperson Mashadi Mathosa said on Sunday.

"There is a joint search operation to find the planes... George's Valley is a mountainous area so we are concerned."

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  • WhiteMalema - 2011-08-15 07:39

    Does not sound good. Hope there are survivors and that they will be found.

  • Rakgadi - 2011-08-15 07:41

    I really hope they find them

  • 50something - 2011-08-15 07:42

    Two planes missing - conclusion - they must have collided in mid air - sad

      JJ - 2011-08-15 07:55

      It would be a reasonable explanation. Bad weather/visibility, and the fact that the people knew each other and were flying together.

      Grayman - 2011-08-15 07:59

      @50something: Please stick to facts and make conclusions when you have them. The topography, weather and the fact that they were flying in the same direction add too many variables to be able to conclude anything at this stage.

      JJ - 2011-08-15 08:00

      @Grayman, it's called speculating not concluding, and it's a reasonable theory.

      Grayman - 2011-08-15 08:07

      @JJ - my point exactly. There is a big difference between speculation and conclusion. The planes have yet to be found and information reported is very sketchy so no reasonable explanation can be attempted.

      Propjockey - 2011-08-15 08:22

      More likely, they were in formation, the Leader may have been too low and second plane followed him in. Once again, our thoughts and prayers for the 12 souls.

      50something - 2011-08-15 08:27

      Grayman - what's your theory? You obviously had a bad weekend - not my fault the boks lost - again. But on the subject, what are the odds of two planes going missing at the same time? The Albatross is a reconessence aircraft, equipped to fly in adverse weather conditions. There was no reason for them to fly in formation that would lead to simultaneous disaster. But yes it is a theory and not the latest news bulletin.

      Grayman - 2011-08-15 08:40

      50something: there is not enough information to postulate any theory. I therefore will not speculate. I have lost close family in aircraft accidents and I lived in Tzaneen for many years. I know the area intimately and I know many of the people who will be risking their own lives to search for the missing aircraft. Losing a rugby match is a piffling insignificance and one which will not detract from the severity of the topic at hand.

      Dan - 2011-08-15 08:54

      @ 50something. Don't mind the "wise" comments from these guys. Your SPECULATION is spot on and make perfectly sense to any "balanced" individual. I agree with your comment. Looking at the facts. The two planes were together, the planes went missing the same time, both planes still haven't arrived at any destination, both planes haven't made contact with anyone and both planes would be out of fuel by now. Any "normal" person will therefore probably come to the exact same conclusion. I have no idea what these other "wise" ones want to say or they just want to feel very important with their insightful comments.

      roboman1 - 2011-08-15 09:21

      Interesting speculation, what would be amazing is if they were found alive

      Sailor - 2011-08-15 09:55

      Why not postulate that they were hijacked? Wait for the facts guys and hope that they are found soon.

  • Mnr. Smith - 2011-08-15 07:52

    R.I.P. tragic :(

      Anni24_7 - 2011-08-15 08:26

      How can you just assume they are dead??

      Tolerant - 2011-08-15 10:56

      Hopefully he is wrong.

  • Flinger - 2011-08-15 07:56

    Very sad, RIP

  • Hlasel_amafutha - 2011-08-15 08:13

    Eish bafwethu - we could have lost 14 souls here. May the blessed Lord be with their families in these trying times. Huge impact to the SA airshow fraternity

  • The_Librarian2 - 2011-08-15 08:14

    Sad to hear.

  • The_Librarian2 - 2011-08-15 08:18

    Is this in the same area as Van Reenen's pass? If so, then their chances of survival will be very slim what with the cold weather etc. I really do hope the survivors will be found in time.

      Marni - 2011-08-15 08:25

      @The_Librarian2, Van Reenen's pass is in KZN (part of the N3 to Durban), George's Valley is ,like the article says, in Limpopo. The weather in George's Valley was windy and overcast yesterday, probably the reason if they did go down there.

      Grayman - 2011-08-15 08:31

      Georges Valley lies in the northern most section of the Drakensburg near Tzaneen, about 600km north of van Reenen's pass. Although it is close to the tropics it can get very cold in the mountain in winter. The weather forecast for that area is overcast, rain and a max of 9C. I too hope that they find any survivors quickly.

      JF - 2011-08-15 15:27

      Eish!! Do you know where Cape Town is? Do you know where Durban is? Do you know where Maputo is? Well, its not close to ANY of those. Van Reenen is in NATAL. Tzaneen is in LIMPOPO.

  • Janine - 2011-08-15 08:25

    I was hoping that I would wake up this morning to some good news about these planes. The families must be frantic - what an awful situation.

      KarenC - 2011-08-15 09:30

      My co-workers friends were on those planes.. and still no news.. she is trying to remian calm and do her work (better than sitting at home freeking out). Apparently not even a mayday call or anything, so they have no-idea what could have happened. They just 'dissapeared'.

  • JCWR56 - 2011-08-15 08:28

    I understand that these air craft are notoriously difficult to fly and originally designed to cover sea search and rescue. they would originally been in the hands of military / navy pilots specialised in flying them. Many have been converted to private use and perhaps now being used for something they weren't originally designed for. just speculation. it is not impossible that 2 air craft flying together in the same conditions did go down like this. i guess the environment would not have provided much in the way of emergency landing opportunities. Then of course it could simply be pilot error on the part of 1 or both, whatever, the result is probably not going to be good and thoughts go them and their families.

  • Ann - 2011-08-15 08:34

    Thoughts and prayers are with the passengers of the two planes as well as their loved ones. I hope they are found very soon.

  • Ernest - 2011-08-15 08:40

    Die weer is vandag nog slegter as gister ,kan nie sien hoe enige vliegtuig nou sal kan vlieg hier in die berge nie sal moet wag vir dit om op te klaar. DieWolkberge is nie die beste plek vir n vliegtuig in die weerstoestande nie...sterkte vir almal veral die naasbestaandes en die wat aan die soektog deel neem die toestande is baie gevaarlik.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-15 08:41

    Hanging in for positive news.

  • Danielle - 2011-08-15 08:50

    Please people, these are family members of a dear friend of mine. Where is the Faith, Nothing is impossible for our Lord. Please keep them all in your prayers....

  • Cindy - 2011-08-15 09:18

    Could all of you shut up. You made this a fight between guys who always wants to know better than the other. Grow up. And thos of you stating: RIP. THIS DOES NOT SAY THEY ARE DEAD, at this stage they are still missing. Keep in mind that their families and friends might be reading this - have some compassion.

      Liné - 2011-08-15 10:09

      Thanks Cindy. My fiance's aunt is in that plane. The family is not taking it well, but are are trying to be positive. Her husband (also a pilot) left 5 min after the 2 planes, he was the last person to have contact with them. So to all that thinks it was this or that, please just pray and stop talking nonsense. We are still waiting to hear any news.

  • Sailor - 2011-08-15 09:53

    Come on guys, the planes were hijacked!!

      Mrdoit - 2011-08-15 15:29

      Likely not by blacks this time or do you think there are any corruption involve? Because Blackman is always a suspect

  • Peter - 2011-08-15 10:28

    The most common cause of light aircraft crashes.Controlled flight into high ground.The mountain was too high and the plane was too low.I lost a brother-in-law a few years in the same circumstances.

      My5cents - 2011-08-15 10:44

      Sorry about your brother-in-law. Your explanation sounds rational. This is a very mountainous area. I know it well. Weather can be clear in Tzaneen and thick mist on mountains. Spoke today to friend who lives in that area - fog is as thick as pea soupl

      Hochang - 2011-08-15 14:21

      Sorry for your loss. Let's hope that they are found soon.

  • powerslave - 2011-08-15 10:47

    Electronic Fog! Now they're through a wormhole to another dimension. Maybe a better one than our one. Its the "George's Valley Triangle";)

  • grant9 - 2011-08-15 12:18

    I fear the worst. No may day calls. No cell phone calls (if there is reception in that area?). Just strange that no sign of the wreckage has been found yet. If I'm proved to be wrong i'll say "Praise the Lord". I have said a prayer for the people.

  • duncan - 2011-08-15 12:41

    Wreckage just found, mid air collision suspected.

      Wendy - 2011-08-15 13:05

      Where did you hear that a wreckage was found

      k1200s - 2011-08-15 13:52

      @duncan.on the same article re wreckage found on news 24,it was confirmed it was a false report.dont know how news 24 can publish such news without making sure of the facts.

      JF - 2011-08-15 15:31


  • marygos - 2011-08-15 14:22

    Stop commenting, get in your car and go and help serch.....

  • marygos - 2011-08-15 14:24

    stop commenting..Get in your cars and go search

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