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Pilots 'ejected too late'

A flight instructor and a young pilot desperately tried to land their Impala jet on a highway, but died when they ejected too late.One of them, still in the ejection seat, landed on a moving truck and crashed through the roof into the cargo hold. The...

 

Pilots die after ejecting from 'doomed jet'

Two pilots had to eject from their low-flying Impala fighter aircraft after its engine apparently failed about 30km from Nelspruit. But neither managed to parachute to safety, police in Mpumalanga have reported. One of the pilots was killed when he p...

 

Further info on Oryx crash

Further to the Oryx crash yesterday at Durban, it has been rumoured that the Oryx was doing vectored ILS's at FADN and had already been flying for quite a while.The following was obtained via a pilot internet chat group:"He was +- 10nm miles...

 

SAAF chopper crash - crew safe

The SA Air Force said on Thursday one of its fleet of Denel Oryx medium transport helicopters had crash-landed at Durban International Airport.Lieutenant Ronald Maseko said there was no deaths, only minor injuries.The 15 Squadron helicopter's cre...

 

Cheetah C pilot ejects safely

The pilot of a Cheetah C, Maj Andrea Serra, successfully ejected from his aircraft near AFB Louis Trichardt today when the aircraft developed problems during an air-to-air training sortie. It was unclear whether the problems were of a technical natur...

 

SAAF Harvard crashes at AAD 2002

The last T-6G Harvard operated by the SAAF Museum was last on 22 September 2002 at 11h40 whilst preparing to perform a flypast on the last day of Africa Aerospace and Defence 2002 being held at AFB Waterkloof, Pretoria. After suffering a loss of powe...

 

Rooivalk crash

South Africa's embattled Rooivalk attack helicopter programme came under renewed pressure when a production model made a forced crash landing near Pretoria on Friday.Nobody was injured in the crash, but the helicopter was extensively damaged. The...

 

Pilot dies in Impala crash

Captain Brett Burmeister of 85 CFS was killed when his Impala MkII crashed into a hill during a low-level tactical navigation exercise in the Northern Province. The Impala went down about five kilometres east of the Albasini Dam between Louis Trichar...

 

Alouette III accident

A SAAF Alouette III was involved in an accident at Welkom after a crime prevention raid.  The Alouette landed fairly heavily on a sports field after a cockpit warning was detected by the pilot, Capt Liesl Bennet. The crew were not seriously inju...

 

Mustang to be rebuilt, Spitfire put on hold

Authority has been given for the SAAF Museum Mustang, which landed wheels up at AFB Waterkloof on 6 May 2001, to be repaired. It should be ready to fly by April 2002.However, the restoration of the Spitfire, which crashed on 15 April 2000, has been p...

 

Cessna makes emergency landing

A Cessna 185 developed oil pressure problems on a routine flight from the AFB Waterkloof, making an emergency landing on a secondary road near Irene in Centurion. Three people were on board: the pilot, co-pilot and an air force intelligence offi...

 

More details of the Mustang crash landing

Col. Neil Thomas was participating in a fly-past of historic planes on Sunday 6 May 2001 to commemorate South African airmen killed in battle. The aircraft took off from Swartkops and overflew the nearby Air Force memorial. When he came in to land at...

 

Museum Mustang performes wheels-up landing

The SAAF Museum's P-51D Mustang made a wheel-up landing at AFB Waterkloof this morning after one of the undercarriage legs did not extend. Extent of damage to the aircraft or injuries to the crew (pilot Lt. Col Neil Thomas and a passenger) is not...

 

Pilot killed in Cheetah C crash

A SAAF pilot died after his Cheetah C aircraft crashed at AFB Louis Trichardt in the Northern Province. The aircraft, from 2 Squadron, was on a test flight and the pilot, Capt. Piet Koster, made no distress call and did not eject. Apparently the airc...

 

Impala Mk II crashes

An Impala MkII of 85 Combat Flying School crashed this evening at 20:55 during a routine night training flight. The pilot did not use his ejection seat. The pilot was Lt. Dian Hedley Smith (25). The cause of the accident is not known at this time and...

 

Museum Spitfire crash

The SAAF Museum's Spitfire MkIX "5553", flown by Lt Col Neil Thomas (Museum OC), was destroyed in an emergency landing at AFB Swartkop during an airshow today.  Neil Thomas miraculously survived with only a cut face requiring a few...

 

Cessna 185 crash

A Cessna 185 of 44 Squadron crashed near the border with Mozambique today, killing the pilot and injuring the three passengers.A Board of Inquiry has been convened....

 

BK117 in emergency landing

A BK117 of 15 Squadron carried out an emergency landing today neat the Lesotho border in the Eastern Cape Province while transporting members of the SANDF who were on a staff visit in the area.The two crew and five passengers from the Joint Operation...

 

Oryx crashes

Ten people were killed and 14 injured (including the pilot and co-pilot) when a South African air force Oryx helicopter of 19 Squadron (1215) crashed on Saturday near Kroonstad in the Free State province, the South African National Defence Force said...

 

Fatal Allouette III Crash

A SAAF Allouette III helicopter crashed near Port Elizabeth yesterday, killing the pilot and seriously injuring two people. Major KA Newman, 50, was killed instantly. F/Sgt MW Bottom, 37, and Corporal G Etsebeth were seriously injured. A SAAF commiss...

 

Impala MkI Crashes

An Impala MkI crashed at AFB Bloemspruit today, but the two crew escaped without injury. The pilots were doing a training exercise at night, when fire warning light lit. The pilots descended to a safe altitude when the radio ceased to function and co...

 

Museum Provost Crashes

The Percival Provost, which had only recently been restored to flying condition, crashed on Wednesday 18 March 1998 at AFB Swartkop. The pilot, Rick Culpan, sustained serious burns, but sadly died on Sunday due to respiratory problems.A test pilot fo...

 
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