Plane makes emergency landing on Plett beach

2016-03-26 18:18
Cessna 172 (File picture)

Cessna 172 (File picture)

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Durban – A Cessna light aircraft made an emergency landing on the beach in Plettenberg Bay, apparently after suffering engine failure, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Saturday.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the NSRI Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated at around 12:22 after receiving reports of an aeroplane accident at Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay.

Lambinon said, "On arrival on the scene a Cessna light aircraft was found to have made an emergency landing on the beach and it is believed that the light aircraft may have suffered engine failure while flying over Keurbooms Lagoon while on a pilot training flight from George Airport forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on the beach."

He said the pilot instructor and trainee pilot were not injured and the Civil Aviation Authority was investigating the incident.

In a separate incident in Richards Bay, two children are feared to have drowned while swimming between Bay Hall and Pelican Beach.

Lambinon said at around 13:53 NSRI Richards Bay were training at sea when they were alerted to the incident.

"Despite an extensive search no sign of the missing children has been found and a police dive unit will take over an ongoing search operation."

Lambinon said the ages and genders of the missing children had not been determined.

"It appears that an ambulance service had been activated to the drowning accident only at least half an hour after the incident had taken place and only once they arrived on the scene to find that there were two children missing in the water they then activated sea rescue for assistance."

Lambinon said it wasn't known how the two children had gone missing.

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