Cape Town – Five passengers reportedly died after a South African Police Service (SAPS) aircraft crashed at Rand Airport in Germiston on Tuesday, reports said.
The SAPS fixed-wing aircraft crashed shortly after take-off at the Rand Airport in Germiston, reported News24.
The report said that the pilot, who suffered critical injuries, was rushed to hospital.
“Authorities are on scene to establish the cause of the accident. The details of the deceased and injured pilot will be released once their next of kin have been informed,” the report quoted police spokesperson, Colonel Athlenda Mathe as saying.
#sapsHQ #SAPS sadly confirms that one of its’ fixed wing aircrafts crashed at Rand Airport, Gauteng at 14:30 today. On board were 5 passengers & a pilot. All 5 passengers have sadly lost their lives and the pilot is critically injured. SWhttps://t.co/dG0llLYw4n pic.twitter.com/2lDIALxAGo
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) August 30, 2022
It remained unclear whether or not the deceased were on their way to conduct a coast and borders area patrol.
According to IOL, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) confirmed they were aware of the accident.
However, SACAA spokesperson, Sisa Majola said that SACAA would not be investigating the crash as it involved a SAPS aircraft.
Picture: Twitter/ @SAPoliceService
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe