2 from SA thought to be on missing plane

2012-10-31 17:04

Cape Town – Search and rescue teams have teamed up to find a light aircraft that was last heard from over Mozambique's northwest.

The small Baron 58 was carrying 2 people, thought to be South Africans, when it took off from Lilongwe airport en route to Lanseria airport, north of Johannesburg, on Sunday.

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

Santjie White, chief of the Aeronautical Rescue Centre in Johannesburg told News24 that six planes, a team of the Mountain Club of South Africa, and the voluntary communication group Hamnet were dispatched to Mozambique to help in the search.

White said the aircraft never entered South African airspace.

The plane did not send out a distress signal and no sign of it has been found.

After searching for the plane in vain on Sunday, Mozambique handed management of the search operation over to South Africa on Monday, where a joint search operation was adopted.

  • Cyle Nienaber - 2012-10-31 17:44

    Its a father and son from Midrand, Johannesburg. Hardly immigrants

  • andre.krige - 2012-10-31 18:09

    Busi please keep quite if you have don't have anything related or intelligent to say.

  • jenna.sleep - 2012-10-31 18:37

    People commenting on these news stories are disgusting! These are two amazing people who deserve to be at home with their family! Not immigrants or drug smugglers! It is awful waiting to hear news of their welfare, so please reserve any insensitive comments and rather spend your time praying for their safe return!

  • roseveare - 2012-10-31 19:04

    busisiwe.. wish u were standing in front of me now. id kick your teeth out.

  • Killian Zola Moyo Hlininika - 2012-10-31 19:06

    god will help its does nt matter all we want its to be found alive

  • a.chucky.p - 2012-10-31 19:36

    Come home safe guy...we have work to do!

  • stormy403 - 2012-11-01 10:36

    Guys are flying there own aircraft aswell as South African sar it's because the guys missing are special to us think before you post comments like that ! Aviation is a big family and we look out for eachother!

  • greg.goodspeed.3 - 2012-11-01 19:19

    I know these two personally. One can only hope for the best. My thoughts go out to his family during this very trying time.

  • janet.llewellynreid - 2012-11-02 11:45

    We know them. Hoping and praying that their Family do not read some of these heartless, inconsiderate comments....

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