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Search for missing light aircraft, three crew after Mossel Bay take-off

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Two males and a female were on board the aircraft.

The search for a missing aircraft, believed to be in the Ruiterbos area, is continuing, with three helicopters assisting. Picture: African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town – The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and the Western Cape Emergency Management Service have confirmed that a light aircraft went missing outside Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape this morning.

The search for a missing aircraft, believed to be in the Ruiterbos area, is continuing, with three helicopters assisting. Two males and a female were on board the aircraft.

The aircraft took-off from George airport earlier today. The air traffic control tower could not make contact with the aircraft 10 minutes after take-off and about half an hour later it was no longer visible on the radar. 

“The South African Civil Aviation Authority can confirm that it has not been able to make contact with its flight inspection unit aircraft that took off from George Airport earlier today,” it said in a statement.

“The crew, two males and one female, took off at 10:40 from the George Airport on a flight calibration mission of navigational aids of the same airport.

“The air traffic control tower could not make contact with the aircraft 10 minutes after take-off. 

“The Air Traffic and Navigation Services immediately activated search and rescue. 

“The regulator is in contact with the search and rescue team for further updates.”

Cape Times