Five people on board a SAPS aircraft were killed when it crashed near Rand Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
BREAKING NEWS – THE ACCIDENT KILLED FIVE PEOPLE
According to sources on the scene another person was critically injured and airlifted to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
“It is believed a SAPS Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter crashed shortly after taking off from the Rand Airport on Tuesday afternoon.”
The accident happened around 14:00 on Tuesday. Emergency services are still on the scene.
Earlier this year, the two young pilots were killed when their aircraft crashed on a farm in Kinkelbos. The 33-year-old Sudanese national Oyit Ajack and 25-year-old Malawian National Bhadresh Kadiwar died on impact after their light aircraft crashed on a farm in Kinklebos in June.
THE YOUNG PILOTS DIED ON IMPACT AFTER THEIR AIRCRAFT CRASHED
Family and friends will gather on Wednesday to celebrate the lives of Oyit and Bhadresh.
The memorial service will be held at the Algeo Flying Club in Port Elizabeth at 15:00 on Friday.
According to the police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu, the pilots left Dawid Stuurman Airport at about 18:15 on Saturday night on route to East London.
THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOCATED IN BUSHES ON A FARM IN KINKELBOS
“The pilots left Dawid Stuurman Airport at about 18:15 on Saturday night on route to East London; however, they turned the Sling 2 aircraft around at Kenton-On-Sea and headed back towards Gqeberha.
“At about 20:07, communication with the aircraft was lost, and at about 22:00, SAPS Search and Rescue team, including the Diving Unit and Gqeberha K9 unit, were mobilised to search for the missing aircraft.”Colonel Priscilla Naidu