A fixed-wing aircraft with six people on board crashed at Rand Airport in Germiston yesterday afternoon.
National South African Police Service spokesperson Athlenda Mathe told eNCA that two SAPS members, one of whom was the pilot, and four technicians contracted to do aircraft maintenance, were onboard when the plane crashed shortly after take-off.
The pilot, a police captain, was the sole survivor and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
The police officer who passed away was attached to the Air Support Unit.
Watch Mathe’s interview on eNCA here:
Mathe told the news channel that investigations are underway to determine the cause of the accident and the purpose of the flight.
She said that police were in the process of informing the next of kin and that the names of the deceased and the pilot would be released thereafter.
Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Charles Mabaso said the incident occurred when a Piper Cherokee 173 – said to belong to the flight school – was reported to have experienced engine failure just after take-off. The crew of two were forced to do an emergency landing.
While the Wonderboom crash is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority, Mathe told SABC News that police will investigate the fatal crash in Germiston.