Zululand Observer - Weekender

Pilot survives freak aircraft crash

- Richard Springorum

A SAVANNAH S aircraft crashed just off the Old Mtubatuba Road in Empangeni last Thursday, with the pilot walking away from the scene unscathed.

‘Four foreigners rented aircraft at Robertsval­e Airfield in East London to embark on a national aerial tour,’ said a source.

‘On Thursday afternoon at 3pm, all four aircraft were scheduled to land at the Empangeni airfield.

‘But owing to the strong winds, one landed short, crashing and damaging the undercarri­age of the plane.’

Bystander Billy Badenhorst told the ZO that the aircraft attempted to land on the tar road because of the windy conditions, when a bus appeared.

‘The pilot managed to dodge the bus, but the landing wheels clipped a fence.

‘There were no injuries, but in my opinion the plane is a writeoff.’

Savannah Aircraft Africa Director Dave Prioleau confirmed the aircraft belonged to Flying Frontiers.

The pilot was not available for comment.

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