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Gauteng Crash: Four reportedly dead after two aircraft collided in mid-air

Four people died when two aircraft collided in midair in Gauteng on Monday night, 26 April. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) announced the tragic accident on Tuesday.

SACAA spokesperson, Kabelo Ledwaba, said the Civil Aviation Authority’s investigations unit was at the scene of the accident near Grasmere in the south of Gauteng.

FOUR KILLED IN LIGHT AIRCRAFT COLLISION

According to Ledwaba, SACAA’s investigation unit is gathering evidence at the scene trying to piece together the events that unfolded on Monday night when four people were killed in a mid-flight collision between two light aircraft .

He said investigations would help the Civil Aviation Authority determine the size, scope and timeframe of the investigation, as every crash is different and the time it takes to complete varies.

An aircraft investigation is meant to determine the reason, or probable cause, of a crash and – if it is necessary – make safety recommendations that will help avoid similar accidents from the same causes, said Ledwaba.

“A preliminary report will be issued within 30 days from the date of this accident,” said Ledwaba.

“In instances where an investigation takes longer than 12 months to complete, the investigation team is expected to issue an interim statement to indicate the progress made at that particular point in time,” he added.

Once the investigation is complete, a final accident report will be released.

GAUTENG PLANE CRASH CLAIMED TWO LIVES IN MARCH

Just last month, on 17 March, at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Gauteng, two people died when a plane that belonged to the South African Air Force (SAAF) crashed and burned. The aircraft, a Patchen Explorer, belonged to the SAAF Museum and two retired Air Force members perished in the crash.

In that crash, experts said a phenomenon known as “carb icing” was to blame. It can cause any carburettor to freeze in certain weather conditions. Witnesses reportedly saw the plane flying overhead making a sputtering sound, which was possibly due to carb icing.

Light aircraft crash in Alberton on Sunday

A pilot and his co-pilot escaped serious injuries when their light aircraft crashed through the roof of a building in Union Park, Alberton on Sunday afternoon.

Paramedics from ER24, Gauteng Provincial EMS as well as other rescuers attended the scene just after 2pm. The light aircraft was hanging nose down through the roof of a building upon their arrival.  Both occupants were still inside of the aircraft.

The pair had to be rescued from their perilous position by a forklift truck, and an elaborate operation – that lowered the passengers to safety – took place, using a cage and some meticulous machinery skills. The plane was found nose-first into the roof of the building, hanging by its wings to the shattered ceiling.

ER24 were the first responders at the scene in Johannesburg. They confirmed that the injuries sustained by the plane’s occupants ‘were not serious’, but they were sent to hospital as a precaution. When your aircraft has plunged into a roof, the very least you should do is get a check-up – and let’s hope this factory has a sympathetic insurer…

“A pilot and his co-pilot escaped serious injuries when their light aircraft crashed through the roof of a building in Union Park, Alberton on Sunday afternoon. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident is not yet known.”

“Shortly after 14:00, paramedics from ER24, Gauteng Provincial EMS as well as other rescuers attended the scene. Upon their arrival, they found the light aircraft hanging nose down through the roof of a building.”

“Both occupants were still inside of the aircraft. Fire and rescue services used a forklift and a cage to bring the two men to the ground. Both managed to climb out of the aircraft through a window. The two were assessed on scene and found to have sustained no serious injuries. They were later transported to a nearby hospital by the emergency response teams.”

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident is not yet known. It is understood that the men were flying from Bloemfontein when the incident occurred. Local authorities attended the scene and will conduct an investigation.

 

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