Two planes missing after Tzaneen airshow

2011-08-14 20:46

Johannesburg -  Two aircraft have gone missing after an airshow at Tzaneen.

They were headed for the Rand Airport in Germiston, EWN reports.

A team of officials are currently scouring the airspace over the region while a ground search is also underway.

It is still not clear how many people were on board.

The weather over Tzaneen was described as "not good" by a local resident. 

According to some reports there are 12 people on board one of the planes. It wasn't clear who they are, but have been described as "prominent in aviation".

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  • jjacgilbert - 2011-08-14 20:52

    I was at the airshow on Saturday. The weather was fine and hot with no wind on the ground. Hope everyone is fine.

  • Mud-Man - 2011-08-14 21:03

    @Niel... really oke!

  • Agent - 2011-08-14 21:08

    Still no word and we pray for the soles on board, and those on the ground waiting for news.

      Fakmore - 2011-08-14 21:15

      Pray for their souls as well...not just their soles on board.

  • twinkles - 2011-08-14 21:11

    Shame :-( Maybe they landed in the veld somewhere :-( lets pray they found before the morning :-(

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-08-14 21:14

    What kind of planes? Jets? Propjobs? Private? The lack of information is APPALLING.

      fishycraig - 2011-08-14 21:19

      With 12 people on board I would guess a turboprop.

      Jarryd - 2012-03-28 16:55

      Paggio abatross,South Africa Bought 27 of them when they're bought the impala mk1s and 2s.The SAAF lost 1 aircraft at sea where it was believed to have been shot down due to the wreckage been found years later with bullet holes in it

  • duncan - 2011-08-14 21:17


      Propjockey - 2011-08-14 23:02

      Albatrosses don't carry 12. Praps am Albie and Cessna Caravan?

  • simongibson - 2011-08-14 21:22

    so that would be 24 soles then..

  • Propjockey - 2011-08-14 21:22

    Ag Neil man! Missing AFTER take-off, boet. Hope one was not blindly following the other as in major SAAF small jet disaster in Cape Town some years ago. Time will tell. Prayers for them!

      Mary-Anne - 2011-08-14 21:33

      This is my Aunt and my Uncle and two young girls, we as their family are in a state. It is now 21h30 and we have still not heard if they crached and where their bodies are. God bless you Aunty Marian and Uncle Brian we love you for ever. xxxxxxxx

      Janine - 2011-08-14 22:10

      @Maryanne - hope they are found in good health.

  • Mary-Anne - 2011-08-14 21:38

    We have still not receieved any confirmation that my aunt and my uncle are deceased. We are waiting in aniticiaption for confirmation if they are alive. Please for our sake shoe some compassion till we have confirmation. in other other words keep quite please!!!!!

      Fred - 2011-08-14 22:00

      We are praying for you and your family. Keep strong and God bless.

      Janine - 2011-08-14 22:10

      Strength to you and your family - hope that your missing ones are OK.

      mariemal - 2011-08-14 22:36

      Mary-Anne - I can only imagine your devastation - I have a very close friend on board. We will continue to pray that they have landed safely somewhere off the beaten track. The prayers of many are going out to everyone involved, the pilots, the passengers, the families, the search party .. we will keep praying

      carinamarik - 2011-08-15 09:28

      Holding thumbs and praying! We can only but trust for a good report.. Love u M-A... sterkte!

      Liné - 2011-08-15 09:51

      Hi Mary-Anne My fiance's aunt is on that plane too. Her husband (also a pilot) that left the airshow 5 min after their flight, had that last communication with them.

      estherbennetts - 2011-08-15 21:13 gives you updated reports on the search and rescue.

  • Tiana - 2011-08-14 21:38

    Neil, get a flippen life, you obviously have no idea what it is to have a loved one missing because of an aviation incident...I suggest you keep your stupid racist remarks to yourself

  • Tiana - 2011-08-14 21:39

    Yoni, same to you...amazing how people that have no clue of aviation and its set up are always the first to crack stupid tasteless jokes...THAT IS APALLING!!!

  • Hartmut - 2011-08-14 21:41

    Shit, I thought the Rand Airport was in Halfway House? I would have got lost too.

      elmarie.viola - 2011-08-14 22:21

      Grand Central Airport is in Midrand. It must be terribly nervwracking for the families of the people on board the planes not to know, and having to wait. I hope for a miraculously positive outcome to this...

  • Mark - 2011-08-14 21:43

    maybe the planes have been 'hi-jacked',surely there are sophisticated radar equipment that can detect a missing plane. to the families of the missing pax, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. be strong surely they will be found, cold and wet but safe.

  • Tiana - 2011-08-14 21:43

    Seems like it was 2 albertrosses, from what I could gather...information won't be made public untill any of the planes are located and loved ones are notified, That is how the SAAF works, more information will be available as soon as anything is known, it is not a case of lack of information, it is merely the procedures any person in SAAF uniform MUST follow, have respect for that before you go on a rampage next time

  • Hartmut - 2011-08-14 21:45

    But seriously I can't understand this. Don't they have radar screens up there? How can two planes just get missing? And if the weather was really that bad how could they get a ok to take off?

  • Tiana - 2011-08-14 21:48

    Mary Ann, you are all in our prayers...stay strong and have faith...we pray and hope with you...May you have answers soon...

  • vmpala - 2011-08-14 21:53

    Let the whole nation, irregardless of colour, political affiliation and creed, pray together. Very sad!

  • Doug - 2011-08-14 21:59

    Hope it all ends well.

      PIETER - 2011-08-14 22:46

      This morning about 10 am it was heavily overcast in the mountaines area of Modjadjiskloof and I was standing outside and heard the noise of a big plane above in the clouds over Modjadjiskloof area and thought by myself that it maybe aircraft flying back to Gauteng after the airshow yesterday, and hoped that the plane was flying high enough to cross the mountains as I know that there was a lot of accidents in the past of planes flying to low in heavy fog and crashed in the mountains around here.Pray that it is not one of the planes that went missing. PIETER

  • Sandy001 - 2011-08-14 22:21

    Why do they allow these planes, or any, fly in these conditions.....................

      Ernest - 2011-08-14 22:32

      Hi sandy the wheater on the ground was fine but they have to cross over the mountains around Tzaneen and it is there that the weather was not so good

  • Sandy001 - 2011-08-14 22:26

    Mary Ann, i will pray for your family xx

  • Ernest - 2011-08-14 22:33

    The planes whent over my house in Agatha just past 15:00 The weather up here was not good at all very cloudy in the mountains here.....

  • Laeveld - 2011-08-15 09:48

    Heavy mist in Georges Valley and Magoebaskloof, since yesterday morning. Media briefing in Tzaneen at 11:00.

  • Laeveld - 2011-08-15 09:50

    Heavy mist in Tzaneen area since yesterday morning. Media briefing in Tzaneen at 11:00.

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