Two dead in Western Cape plane crash

2013-01-10 10:08

Johannesburg - Two people died when a light aircraft crashed on Thursday morning while going in to land at a private airfield near Klipheuwel in the Western Cape, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said paramedics and rescuers were called to the R304 where the aircraft had caught alight after it crash landed.

"When the rescuers arrived there was nothing more that could be done for the two occupants as their remains were badly burnt," she said in a statement.

"The two were declared dead at the scene."

Jackson told News24 that it was very likely a light plane, possibly a Cessna, that crashed.

Jackson added that no further details were available and that the authorities would investigate the cause of the crash.

  • henri.lombard - 2013-01-10 10:14

    Not so good news for the families, hope they didnt suffer to much before they departed.

  • mart.botha - 2013-01-10 10:25

    So many horrific ways for us to be reminded of our own mortality. R.I.P. and condolences to loved ones.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-10 10:39

    Tragic - Condolences to the families.

  • argiri.ruggiero - 2013-01-10 11:08

    It was a microlight (Trike) that crashed and not a Cessna. The instructor and pax took off from an airfield and the microlight appeared to be unstable after take-off and during the attempt to turn back the microlight crashed near the hangar according to AVCOM. RIP to those who lost their lives.

  • neil.kroese - 2013-01-10 11:17

    Who checks your facts? It was a Aquila microlight that crashed...very far from a Cessna..

  • sandor.l.varga - 2013-01-10 12:16

    Very sad news. Something must be done, just far to many light aircraft going down lately. R I P

  • carmen.gabriels - 2013-01-10 12:50

    These light aircrafts should really be banned.

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2013-01-10 13:35

      Have you noticed how many cars, trucks and taxis have crashed lately? Lets ban those too. Idiot !

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2013-01-10 13:39

      Have you noticed how many cars, buses and taxis have crashed lately ? Would you suggest that we ban those too ?

      argiri.ruggiero - 2013-01-10 13:44

      These pilots do it for the love of flying. Let them be. I am a pilot and if that happened to me then at least I perished doing something I love and not by crime. I think you should think before you ink. - 2013-01-10 14:56

      What a stupid and pathetic comment to make Carmen.... whilst we are at it, ban bicycles, pedestrians and motorists as well! - 2013-01-10 14:57

      ... sorry... sarcasm intended!

  • Daniel - 2013-01-10 12:56

    Weow, drove in that area this morning and saw quite a few microlights as well...sad to think that tragedy was so close around the corner.

  • - 2013-01-10 14:55

    @Carmen.Daniels - ma'am, with the carnage on the road topping out on 1400 for the festive season, it amazes me that there are persons such as yourself that can make such comments such as "banning light aircraft". The aviation death toll in SA for the first 10 days of 2013 now stands at 4. The aviation sector shudders at each death involving aircraft - the same cannot be said about the state of the motor industry. We actively promote safety first in aviation and sadly yes, accidents do happen and it is up to us to heighten awareness in all our programs. The same cannot be said about pedestrians and motorists!

  • tersia.clarkehorn - 2013-01-10 15:16

    Families treur oor hulle geliefdes wat hulle aan die dood moes afstaan en julle hap mekaar word groot man

  • cobus.barnard.9 - 2013-01-10 18:07

    I wonder if News 24 and ER24 ever check their sources and factual information. Please check facts as any idiot can see it is not a Cessna. Not every light aircraft is a Cessna. Condolences to Family and Friends.

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