Light aircraft performs emergency landing on road in Pretoria

The aircraft was taken back to Wonderboom airport on Thursday morning and the owner confirmed the engine was indeed “kaput”.

A flying lesson went pear-shaped when an instructor and his student had to execute an emergency landing with a light aircraft due to an engine failure on the Moloto Road, Kameeldrift area, on Wednesday evening around 19:30.

No one was injured, said the owner of both Blue Chip Flight School, located at Wonderboom national airport, and the four-seater Cessna 172, Henk Kraai.

Kraai said one of the school’s instructors took a student for a training flight when the incident occurred.

“They departed from Wonderboom airport and about 20 minutes into the flight, they noticed the temperature of the engine was higher than usual.

“They decided to turn back to the airport and reached Wonderboom airport’s flight space.

The engine, however, started vibrating and then failed. They were not going to reach a runway timeously, and had to execute an emergency landing.”

Kraai said luckily their training kicked in and they successfully executed the emergency landing.

“They are both in their 20s. When I arrived at the scene last night, they were a bit shaken, but calm.

“I alerted the authorities and obtained permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to move the aircraft to the police station where it stood overnight.”

Kraai said the aircraft was taken back to Wonderboom airport this morning and confirmed the engine was indeed “kaput”.

Tshwane Emergency Services’ spokesperson Charles Mabasa said they responded to the call at 20:13.

“When emergency services arrived they found a light aircraft had landed safely on the Moloto Road.”

He said no one was injured, thus the aircraft was moved off of the road and the scene was handed over to police.

According to Petrus Nel, CPF chairperson for Kameeldrift, he passed the scene last night when police and emergency services were present.

“We merely alerted motorists and community members of the incident and advised them to drive carefully when they use the road.”

Police were yet to respond at the time of going to press.

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