Small planes damaged by winds in Midrand

2012-02-24 10:20

Johannesburg - Seven small planes have been damaged by strong winds at Midrand's Grand Central Airport, Beeld reported.

Cranes would be used on Friday to lift and turn two Cessnas that flipped over when wind gusted through the airport, according to the newspaper.

The pilot's door of a third plane was torn off and landed on the aircraft's roof in the wind on Wednesday. Four other planes were less seriously damaged.

The Cessnas were the property of Flight Training Services and High Flyers Aviation.

High Flyers owner Eric Venter said the damage to his plane was estimated at R700 000.

Airport manager Gary Renault told Beeld the wind was so strong it uprooted seven trees in New Road, Midrand.

He said the airport was fully operational and that business was proceeding as usual.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-24 10:36

    Eish gonna be expensive for the insurers

      Marcel - 2012-02-24 11:13

      The first thing the will probably ask is, where the planes chocked and tied down ... Oops.

      Keelvol - 2012-02-24 11:45

      MArcel, a chock will onlyt keep the bird from rolling. Af for tiedown, good point if the apron has the facilities to actually tie down a plane.

  • Janice - 2012-02-24 10:56

    Imagine if they were flying!!!

  • Grace - 2012-02-24 10:58

    EINA !

  • Danie - 2012-02-24 10:59

    Gone with the Wind...

      George - 2012-02-24 11:20

      Something in the air I guess

  • Alan - 2012-02-24 11:34

    Plane sailing.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-24 13:34

    craziness... expect a cold winter

      Lebo - 2012-02-24 16:19

      As opposed to the usual hot winter? lol (just kiddin)

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