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SAAF student pilot ejects as Impala hits vultures

Graeme HoskenA South African Air Force student pilot narrowly escaped death moments after taking off from Air Force Base Hoedspruit in Limpopo yesterday when his plane hit two vultures.Pretoria NewsTo summarize the article: Captain Colin Sparke took ...

 

Air Force fighter jet crashes

An SA Air Force (SAAF) Impala Mk2 fighter trainer has crashed, with the pilot ejecting safely, a spokesperson said on Monday. The SAAF's captain Ronald Maseko's said the aircraft was from 85 Combat Flying School, based at Hoedspruit. It crash...

 

Identity of crashed Astra reveiled

 According to photos published on the offical SANDF website, the Astra that crashed on 9 April 2005 was 2016....

 

How underfunding is hurting SA Air Force

Media reports that underfunding of the South African Air Force (SAAF) has caused the service to run down are correct, SAAF chief Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano said on Friday."In view of recent media reports and in line with SAAF Vision 2012, ...

 

Dead trainee pilot failed exams

Who will accept responsibility for the death of a trainee Air Force pilot at the weekend? This is what aviation experts asked on Sunday when it emerged that the trainee pilot who crashed his Astra training aircraft this weekend failed his exams on mo...

 

Pilot's 'incompetence' probed

Allegations about the competence of a trainee pilot who died in an aircraft crash at the weekend were part of the inquiry into the matter, the SA Air Force said on Monday. SAAF spokesperson Captain Ronald Maseko was reacting to the Beeld newspaper as...

 

Trainee pilot dies in crash

Trainee air force pilot Oupa Jeanclaude Ramaiti, 24, died when his aircraft crashed near Lichtenburg in North West on Saturday afternoon, the SA National Defence Force said on Sunday.SANDF spokesperson captain Ronald Maseko said Ramaiti was flying so...

 

Chopper crash investigated

Harrismith - The air force launched an investigation on Sunday into an Alouette helicopter that had crashed next to the N3 on Friday. Witnesses said the helicopter gave an impromptu air show at the busy Bergview 1-Stop, where the crew landed for a Wi...

 

Helicopter crashes on farm

Harrismith - A SA Air Force Alouette III helicopter crashed near the Wimpy Bar in Harrismith on Friday morning, according to an accident witness. "The crew apparently stopped for coffee then took off and lost power. The rotor sprung back and lan...

 

Helicopter crew 'showing off'

Harrismith - Four aircrew have survived an SA Air Force helicopter crash outside the Bergview Engen One-Stop in Harrismith on Friday morning, emergency services said. "Two people suffered minor injuries and the other two are fine," fire chi...

 

Chopper crew facing the music

An Alouette helicopter flight crew is in "deep trouble" if reports by witnesses prove true, said a former air-force helicopter instructor on Friday.The air force confirmed on Friday that an Alouette from the Bloemspruit airbase, where the a...

 

Plane crashes outside Nelspruit

Five people have been injured, one critically, after a plane crash outside Nelspruit last night. It's understood the light military aircraft took off from Nelspruit airport just before 6 o'clock, but couldn't gain altitude. It then crashe...

 

'Miracle' pilot meets his angel

As the giant eight-ton Air Force Oryx helicopter hurtled uncontrollably to Earth, Captain Brent Groger believed he was "most definitely finished".Groger, 25, was in the rear of the chopper and the last thing he remembers about the freak acc...

 

Alouettes 'on leave' after accident

The following is a rough translation from an Afrikaans article that appeared in Beeld:The Alouette helicopters from the airforce helicopter flying school at Bloemspruit have been grounded after one of the helicopters performed an emergency landing du...

 

Alouette performs emergency landing

An uncomfirmed rumour states that an Alouette III of 87 HFS, flown by a student, performed an emergency landing in a field today after rumblings were heard from the engine, which then 'cut out'.The Alouettes have, once again, been grounded....

 

Hercules brakes catch fire

The following is a rough translation from an Afrikaans article that appeared in Beeld:One of the SAAFs C-130 Hercules aircraft caused drama on Friday at Johannesburg International Airport when the brakes caught fire. The aircraft came to a stop on on...

 

Air Force mum on rumours that crash pilot failed written exams three times

The SA Air Force will investigate allegations that a trainee pilot who crashed an aircraft near Langebaan this week had repeatedly failed his written examinations and should not have been allowed to fly.According to a report this week, the trainee pi...

 

SAAF: 'Quotas, not quality'

Former flight instructors said on Wednesday the air force's focus was no longer on quality, but rather on statistics and quotas. This came after a student pilot crashed a plane on Tuesday - after having failed his flight test three times. It is b...

 

'Failed' student prangs plane

An aviation student at the airforce's central flying school - who was earlier allowed to continue his training despite failing numerous exams - damaged a training aircraft in an accident at the school on Tuesday (today). The student is unscathed,...

 

Copter crashes clip SAAF wings

The South African air force's wings have been clipped even further after two helicopter crashes in less than a week. The two incidents have again raised the debate about the air force's operational capabilities. On July 1 and July 6, an Oryx ...

 

Update to Oryx crash

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Oryx which crashed today, number two in a two ship formation, experienced a total tail rotor failure while transitioning into the hover at 40 feet AGL. The helicopter spun and hit the ground hard, causing the air...

 

Oryx crash lands

Johannesburg - Three crew of an SA Airforce Oryx helicopter escaped unharmed when the aircraft crash-landed in the Kempton Park area on Thursday afternoon. "The helicopter was attempting to land after its flight when it spun out of control and w...

 

'Mess' after fatal plane crash

Erika Gibson Pretoria - The parents of two young fighter pilots who died almost five months ago in an Impala accident are still braving "the bureaucratic mess" of the SANDF's administration. Lieutenants Derik Duvenage, 22, and Andy Mart...

 

Microlight crashes at school

Zeldah Mashele Phalaborwa - A military microlight plane, piloted by a special forces commando, crash-landed in front of scores of surprised school children at a Limpopo high school on Wednesday. The flimsy aircraft landed hard before skidding across ...

 

Impala jets wings clipped

All South African Air Force (SAAF) Impala MKI fighter jets have been grounded pending investigations into the cause of the crash which claimed the lives of two pilots last week.Impala MKII jets have also been grounded until Wednesday, when it will be...

 
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