UPDATE: Light aircraft crashes, two dead


People walk by the crash site of the light aircraft that crashed near Mountain View airfield.

JOHANNESBURG - Two people were killed on Monday afternoon when their light aircraft crashed and caught alight at Mountain View, near the Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg.

The aircraft came down next to the R512, on the way to Hartbeespoort, just 10 kilometres away from the Lanseria Airport, close to the Lesedi Cultural Village.

Netcare911 Spokesperson, Chris Botha confirmed that emergency services found two people from the plane dead on the scene.

Station Commander Bongi Hlongwane also confirmed that the crash resulted in two people found dead.

"The plane is completely burnt with emergency services on the scene continuing the search for more people. The cause of the crash is still yet to be determined," said Hlongwane.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, which happened just after 4:30pm, but the occupants of the light aircraft were believed to be a man and a woman.

Spokeswoman for Lanseria airport, Claudette Vianello, said two people died in the crash, but it had not affected operations at the airport.

“The crash did not happen at Lanseria, but near the airport along the way Haartebeespoort,” Vianello said.

Asked whether the aircraft had taken off from Lanseria or was approaching the airport, Vianello said she did not have knowledge of the plane’s particulars with regards to that.

The SAPS and Civil Aviation Authority were investigating the cause of the crash.

This is a developing story. 






- Additional reporting by ANA