Wednesday 2 January 2013

South African Police release names of Phalaborwa plane crash victims

Aviation Nigeria

The Police have released the names of the two men who died in a plane crash in Phalaborwa  South Africa Limpopo as Johan Horn and Herbert Hancke. The two were senior officials of the Foskor and PMC mining companies.

The two-seater plane is believed to have gone down shortly after take-off on Tuesday morning January 1 2012, and burst into flames on impact.

"It departed from the Phalaborwa airfield. Just after it took off, it crashed, " police spokesperson woman Lt-Col Ronel Otto said. She also added that a man aged, 42, and another, aged 60, died in the early morning crash.

One of the first people to arrive at the scene, Jaco Gericke says there was nothing they could do.

“I was contacted by a petrol attendant, he saw the plane going down, so it’s very close to my house, on arrival we saw the plane wreckage on fire, we could see at least one person at that moment, so the fire department arrived, we doused the flames. Ja it was very horrific, could do nothing for them, it was sad it was sad,” says Gericke.

According to corresponding information, the plane crashed just after taking off from the Phalaborwa airfield. It burst into flames following the impact of the crash.

Police have opened an inquest case but reports indicate the South African Civil Aviation Authority will carry out the investigation regarding the cause of the crash.


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