Civilian plane crashes at air show

2012-06-30 11:50
The plane which crashed at the Klerksdorp Air Show in the North West province this morning was privately owned, the SA National Defence Force said.

Spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the plane was a L-39 Albatros which does not belong to the air force.

Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson Frans Motaung confirmed the crash and said investigators were on their way to the scene.

He could give no further details.

Earlier, paramedics said a defence force pilot flying a Viper was killed.

The pilot was attempting an aerial manoeuvre when the aircraft crashed, bursting into flames on impact, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.

“The cause of the crash and the series of events preceding it remain uncertain and will form the subject of a Civil Aviation Authority investigation.”

Further details were not immediately available.