Two die in Limpopo plane crash

2012-11-10 12:59

Johannesburg - Two people died when their light aircraft crashed into the Ysterberg mountain range between Mokopane and Polokwane, Limpopo police said on Saturday.

"The police helicopter went there and we are currently trying to remove the bodies from the wreckage that is on the mountain top," said Colonel Ronel Otto.

She said the crash happened around 22:00 on Friday after the plane departed from Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

  • jabumokoena.c.7 - 2012-11-10 13:10


  • Priesterb - 2012-11-10 13:31

    I recall another plane crash on this mountain in the early seventies. Condolences to the families.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-10 14:08

    Very sad - Condolences to the families There are far too many little aircraft falling out of the sky lately!!!

  • warren8030 - 2012-11-10 14:34

    Unfortunate loss of life. What was the weather like in that area of the crash?

  • Leon Mungoni - 2012-11-10 15:05

    so Sad

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-10 15:10

    CFIT, why o why will they never learn.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-10 17:28

      And you know this how ?

      tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-11 08:00

      if you fly into a mountain thats called CFIT, duh... I swear are you even a pilot?

      ace.evans.58 - 2012-11-11 08:21

      What if they had lost control and spun in? Then it's not CFIT

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-11 10:25

      Tamlin it could very well be controlled flight in to terrain but it very well might be something else and just to add to your comment. CFIT is not reserved for flying in to mountains only while being in control of an aircraft. My question to you was. HOW do YOU know it was CFIT and not something else

      tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-11 11:30

      When you hit a mountain or a building if you want to get technical, and the aircraft is serviceable or not, it is called CFIT, in other words YOU flew it into the mountain, the mountain didnt just appear or fly into you... If you open a map and see a minimum altitude, well..thats what it is, its a minimum for a reason, if you want to be a cowboy and fly lower than that, well this is what happens.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-11 13:01

      Yes that is so. But we have to prove that the pilot was indeed in full control when he flew in to terrain before we can say yes it was CFIT. It might have been uncontrolled. Or the guy might have passed out or had a heart attack or what ever the case may be.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-11 13:55

      OH and another thing. When you aircraft is not serviceable it does not constitute CFIT. That's why EFATO accidents are never considered as CFIT's

      tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-11 18:49

      so the plane took off from Wonderboom and smacked into a mountain range in limpopo, but you think its and engine failure after take off? The pilot flew into a mountain range in bad weather, go look up the weather. Why? because every second pilot wants to be a cowboy and doesn't fully understand the consequences. If you want to fly IF then damn well learn how to do it properly, its not hard, stick to the rules and you will grow old.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-12 17:02

      Tamlin make a coffee have muffin and read my post properly. I was using the EFATO as an example as you stated that CFIT included a non serviceable aircraft.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-11-10 15:26

    I guess they need to conduct an investigation into the issuing of aviation licences for these small aircraft. I think people are being issued licences before they are competent enough to properly handle them. There's too many of these incidents nowadays.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-10 17:28

      Have you actually waken up today ?

      flysouth - 2012-11-11 10:02

      Really? - and you would know

  • mamba.white.12 - 2012-11-10 17:20

    Why will you fly out with a light aircraft at 22;00 and not wait 8 hours and rather take off in broad daylight. What can be so important to depart at 10 at night? 8 hours – the time between life and death - forever doomed??? I personally feel pilots get a bit arrogant - I can fly! Consequences well known. Even if you are professional like a family member by the name of Paul Heyns - Springbok aerobatic pilot - one wrong decision puts an end to many dreams.. RIP = who were indeed ‘n “yster”.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-10 18:07

      He was flying at night as part of his rating

      mamba.white.12 - 2012-11-10 18:43

      boltonbarry I wasn't at Kitty Hawk that day but believe it was late afternoon and more than sufficient daylight left.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-10 19:23

      Mamba for your night rating you have to fly at night

      mamba.white.12 - 2012-11-10 23:43

      Barry.. I say again... I'm not into flying but just why would Paul had to do a night rating being a Lear Jet pilot, helicopter pilot, Zin pilot etc etc etc. (the aircraft he owned) I will contact Coenie Swart tomorrow and establish the facts. Will let you know,

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-11 10:32

      Hang on. How do you know this guy is named Paul when he was a Nigerian pilot doing his training at Loutzavia. And why would he be doing training on a C172 if he is a Lear Jet and helicopter pilot? and you would be better off if you call Jannie Loutzies don't you think?

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-11 11:03

      And by Zin do you Mean Zlin ?

      Sergio - 2012-11-12 17:03

      If you read the article correctly you will see that the crash occured at around 22:00 which means they could not have taken off at that time. Flying time to Polokwane from Wonderboom is approximately an hour and a half which means they took off between 20:00 and 20:30, nothing wrong flying at that time seeing as it only gets completely dark from 19:00 onwards. Please in future read the airticle correctly before taking an unnecessary swipe at us \arrogant\ pilots.

  • phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-10 17:58

    This was possibly a Night Flight training exercise. Will have to wait for the investigation to be completed.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-10 20:04

    Very sad news again. Something has to be seriously a big aviation problem with those light airplanes, far to many accidents this year with them. Is the light aviation is properly managed ? Problem with planes ? Pilots ? Service ?

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