Cape Town – Two pilots, aged 25 and 33, were killed when their light aircraft crashed on a farm in Kinkelbos, Gqeberha, on Saturday.
Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said in a statement that the two took off from Dawid Stuurman Airport at around 18:15, heading for East London.
However, they turned the 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,” said Naidu.
The search was called off at 02:00 and resumed at 07:00 on Sunday, with the help of the SA Air Force and the Mountain Club of SA.
The aircraft was discovered in bushes on a farm in Kinkelbos via aerial view.
Both pilots were found dead.
“Police are investigating an inquest. A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of their deaths.
“The cause of the crash will be investigated by civil aviation authorities,” said Naidu.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo