Two pilots killed in crash


TWO pilots were killed on Saturday, 25 June after their light aircraft crashed on a farm in Kinkelbos, Gqeberha.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the two, aged 25 and 33, died on impact.

Naidu said the pilots reportedly left Dawid Stuurman Airport around 6.15pm en route to East London. But they turned the Sling 2 aircraft around at Kenton-On-Sea and headed back toward Gqeberha.

“Around 8.07pm, communication with the aircraft was lost and around 10pm, the SAPS search-and-rescue team, including the diving unit and the Gqeberha K9 unit, were mobilised to search for the missing aircraft,” Naidu said in a statement.

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According to Naidu, the search was abandoned at 2.30am and resumed at 7am.

“The rescue team was assisted by the South African Air Force and the Mountain Club of South Africa. The aircraft was located via aerial view in the bushes on a farm in Kinkelbos. Both pilots were declared dead on the scene.”

She said cops are investigating an inquest and a post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of their deaths.

“The cause of the crash will be investigated by civil aviation authorities,” Naidu said.

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