Anna Robertson
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28 May 2015
2:08 pm

Pilot killed in Gauteng microlight aircraft crash

Anna Robertson

A 42-year-old pilot was killed after his microlight aircraft crashed shortly after take-off in Springs Airfield on the East Rand.

The scene following the crash. Pic: Springs Advertiser

It is believed the unidentified pilot took to the sky on Wednesday at about 05:15pm to pay tribute to a friend. The friend is also reported to have died in an accident in a similar aircraft over the weekend, Springs Advertiser reported.

An investigator from the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Aubrey Nkoana, said a thorough investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the crash.

Rudi Beukes from emergency services said when he arrived at the scene, the pilot had already been declared dead.

“Although there was nothing more they could do, emergency services were on standby in case a fire started – it is believed the microlight’s engine was still warm and there was fuel leaking,” added Beukes. “A banner bearing the friend’s name and the words ‘RIP’ was found at the scene of the crash. A report on the findings will help prevent similar accidents from taking place,” added Nkoana.

In a separate incident, a 50-year-old man died and a teenager was injured after a light aircraft crashed in Witpoort, near Lephalale, Limpopo, on Sunday.

”The incident happened. The deceased and the 16-year old boy were flying in a light aircraft when it crashed to the ground. The older man died on the scene, the 16-year-old is still in hospital,” said spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto. Authorities were investigating the crash.

Caxton News Service