Pilot dies in PE plane crash

One person was killed when a light Piper aircraft crashed at Port Elizabeth Airport on Saturday afternoon. Picture supplied.
One person was killed when a light Piper aircraft crashed at Port Elizabeth Airport on Saturday afternoon. Picture supplied.

One person was killed when a light aircraft crashed at the Port Elizabeth Airport on Saturday afternoon (07/11/15).

According to police,  the aircraft experienced engine failure minutes after take-off.

“The pilot attempted to turn back, lost control and crashed on the west-side of the perimeter fence,” police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg, said in a statement.

The aircraft caught fire on impact and Airport Fire and Rescue services responded to the scene to extinguish the fire.

The pilot was the only person on-board and died during the crash-landing.

Information regarding the pilot will be released at a later stage.

The crash comes just a day after a pilot narrowly escaped death when he had to make an emergency landing on a dairy farm in the Greenbushes area outside Port Elizabeth yesterday.

– Gareth Wilson

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