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Two injured in Airforce Cessna crash

Date: 3 March 2016

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By Dean Wingrin

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has confirmed that the two crew of a Cessna 208 Caravan that crashed on a private farm in the Cape have been hospitalised.

The Caravan of 41 Squadron had been conducting routine a night flying exercise when it crashed on the farm, close to AFB Langebaanweg from where it had taken off shortly after midnight.

A statement issued by the SANDF says that both pilots, believed to be a Lt Colonel and a Captain, were recovered by the Base Rescue Capability, with both crew sustaining “varying degrees of injuries” and that they are currently hospitalized.

The aircraft ended up upside down in a field, with the tail section lying nearby.

The South African National Defence Force has convened a Board of Inquiry to determine the cause of the accident.

The Airforce acquired 12 Cessna 208 Caravans in the late 1980’s. They are operated 41 Squadron based at AFB Waterkloof in the light transport and surveillance roles, with three already having been written-off in accidents.

AFB Langebaanweg is home to the Central Flying School, but at least two C-130 Hercules aircraft and other light transport aircraft have been seen operating in the area and between AFB Langebaanweg and AFB Ysterplaat in the past few days.

 


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