Two plane victims were young

2015-08-27 09:05
The scene after yesterday’s plane crash at Winkelspruit. Two people died.

The scene after yesterday’s plane crash at Winkelspruit. Two people died. (Jonathan Erasmus)

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THE pilot of the plane which crashed on the south coast on Tuesday has been identified as Kavish Narain (20).

SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that Narain was at the controls when the Cessna 172 crashed alongside the N2 near Winklespruit and exploded shortly thereafter. Both occupants were killed.

“The passenger is not yet identified as we are waiting for the relatives from Congo to identify the body.

“We believe that he was a foreigner,” said Zwane.

The second victim was also 20 years old.

According to witnesses, the Durban Aviation Centre-owned light plane was attempting to land on the highway, but clipped a power line, putting the plane into an uncontrollable spin. It ploughed into bushes within 20 metres of the N2, exploding shortly thereafter.

Durban Aviation Centre owner Jonathan Sargood said in a statement both occupants had private pilot’s licences and were building flying hours towards their commercial licences.

“This accident has come as a great shock to all of our staff, instructors and students at the flying school. These fine young men will be sorely missed by us all. It is such a tragedy that this awful event has occurred in pursuit of their dream to become professional pilots,” he said.

Midlands recreational pilot Jan Jefferiss, who builds and maintains aircraft, and does aerobatics, said the pilot probably couldn’t make it to the beach and overhead wires are generally invisible and fatal.

Pietermaritzburg-based aviation enthusiast Dave Rigby said pilots flying at low altitudes took greater risks, as they did not have time to respond to emergencies that height allows.

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