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Pilot killed as light aircraft crashes near airfield

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Preliminary police investigations have indicated that the pilot was travelling alone at the time of the crash, and the light aircraft was arriving in Mpumalanga from the Free State.

A pilot died at the scene when a light aircraft crashed near an airfield in Ermelo, Mpumalanga. File picture: Pexels

A PILOT was killed when a light aircraft crashed next to an airfield in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.

The incident happened on Saturday and a case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority of South Africa in conjunction with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“Stakeholders in the emergency services were summoned to the crash site in Ermelo on Saturday morning, but unfortunately the man who was the pilot of the plane was certified dead,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli.

Preliminary SAPS investigations have indicated that the pilot was travelling alone during the time of the crash.

“More details with regard to the crash will be shared with the public in due course. However, it appears as if the plane was coming from Bethlehem in the Free State province,” said Mdhluli.

The provincial commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, said the plane crash will be thoroughly investigated by both the Civil Aviation Authority of South Africa as well as the SAPS.

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