VIDEO: One dead after small plane crashes in Port Elizabeth

Two firefighters were injured in the blast.

File: Two firefighters were injured in the blast.

PORT ELIZABETH - A small aircraft crashed and burst into flames in Port Elizabeth on Monday afternoon.

One person has been confirmed dead by police.



Emergency services rushed to the scene of the crash in the Baakens Valley in Port Elizabeth on Monday.



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An ANA reporter saw the small plane circling in the Baakens Valley shortly before 3pm.



Moments later a cloud of black smoke could be seen just below the ridgeline of the valley.



Eastern Cape police opened an inquest docket following the death of the pilot.

Spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said it was alleged that the Fish Eagle two-seater aircraft caught alight after crashing.

"Circumstances surrounding the cause of the accident are yet to be investigated. The pilot (approximate age 47-55)  was alone and died on impact. His body was recovered by search-and-rescue workers," she said.

"His identity is withheld until next of kin have been informed. The wreckage will be taken to the [Port Elizabeth] airport, where civil aviation will conduct a forensic investigation to determine the fatal cause of the crash."

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said a team of accident and incident investigators had been sent to Port Elizabeth to start the probe.

CAA spokesperson Kabelo Ledwaba said the aircraft was consumed by post-impact fire.