NATIONAL NEWS - Two people died instantly after their two-seater mini aeroplane crashed in New Era on Sunday, Springs Advertiser reports.
The crash happened close to the Springs Airfield, by the veld, close to Mimosa Avenue.
Contrary to rumours going around, the plane did not crash into any houses or the Far East Rand Hospital.
Spokesperson William Ntladi says the metro’s Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) firefighters, rescuers and paramedics swiftly responded to the scene immediately after getting the call.
Both victims were found still inside the wreckage when the paramedics and rescuers arrived on the scene.
“The call was received around 6.20 pm and within 10 minutes, the personnel arrived on scene to render necessary rescue and medical treatment to the parties affected.
“Unfortunately, the pilot and the passenger didn’t respond positively to pre-hospital medical treatment rendered and they were declared deceased on scene by paramedics.
“They were found to have sustained severe internal and visible multiple external trauma, hence they lost their lives.
“Both their identities are known but are being withheld for safety and investigation reasons by the police,” says Ntladi.
It is alleged that the aircraft was approaching the landing strip in the nearby Springs Airfield before the incident.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), SAPS officers and the forensic investigators were summoned and collectively started with the investigations.