Tragic end to Mother’s Day treat

Photo by Johan de Winnaar

Microlight pilot FC Senekal and Tertia McCarthy, a Brits teacher, were both seriously injured when the aircraft crashed outside Brits on Friday afternoon.
Senekal and McCarthy took off from an airfield north of Brits at 17:00 after her husband organised the trip as a Mother’s Day treat.
“Tertia’s husband, James, and FC’s wife, Jolene, were waiting at the airfield for the microlight to return when they saw the aircraft losing height,” Jaco Joubert, a spokesperson for the families said.
James drove in the direction they last saw the microlight and found the crash site. People were already on the scene and emergency services had been alerted. FC was airlifted to the Millpark Hospital in Johannesburg and Tertia was rushed to Mediclinic Brits.
“FC is still under sedation in the intensive care unit and his condition is stable. Tertia is doing better,” Joubert said.
“Both have sustained various fractures,” said Loanne Louw, spokesperson for the Hartbeespoort Emergency Rescue Unit.
The cause of the crash is not known at this stage and civil aviation authorities have launched an investigation.

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Daleen van Manen
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