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SA aviation industry 'overwhelmed' by crash-riddled two days

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Cape Town - The South Africa Civil Aviation Authority has been asked to expedite investigations into the causes of the small aircraft crashes that took place in the past two days.

The Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters, says the small aircraft crashes that took place in the past two days have overwhelmed the South Africa aviation industry.

The directive follows the crashes that took place on Wednesday, 11 May and today 12 May 2016 respectively.

 The pilot of a light aircraft was killed, but his passenger survived, when they crashed near the Kitty Hawk Aerodrome on Thursday morning, paramedics said. They crashed shortly after take-off, about 1km from the airfield in Pretoria East, Netcare 911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said. 

Two people survived with minor injuries after their small aircraft crashed in Midrand on Wednesday morning, News24 reported. 
The plane was found lying upside down in a veld near the local airport.

Also on Wednesday, a man was killed when his light aircraft crashed in a game reserve in Herbertsdale, near Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape, News24 reported. The pilot's body was found some distance from the aircraft.

In another minor incident, a light aircraft suffered landing gear failure and shut Lanseria runway on Wednesday - the plane was moved to the strip and the runaway cleared in less than an hour.  

The Civil Aviation Branch of the Department of Transport together with the Accident and Incident Investigation Division of the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) have dispatched a team of investigators to determine the cause of the aforementioned crashes.

The Minister has called for a thorough investigation to determine the exact cause of these fatal crashes and for all the role players in the investigation to work together to bring the investigations to a speedy completion.

Part of the investigation should include examining the conduct, mental fitness of the three pilots as well as the verification of their qualifications to fly the aircrafts, the department said.

The Minister of Transport wholeheartedly extends her deepest condolences to the families who have been sadly bereaved through these crashes, and wishes the injured a swift and full recovery.  “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are being spared for every single person that is affected by this unfortunate crash”, said the Minister.

Minister Peters reiterated the Department of Transport’s commitment to ensuring safety in all modes of transport, including air, road, rail and sea transportation at all times.

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