Two die in Free State aircraft crash

Two men were killed in a light aircraft crash on Thursday morning near Petrusburg in the Free State, police said.

Superintendent Sam Sesing said the Piper Cherokee 140 crashed into an open piece of land on the farm Spitskop about 10km west of Petrusburg.

“The aircraft took off from Kimberley and was busy with an aerial survey of power lines in the vicinity of Petrusburg,” Sesing said.

The pilot and his passenger died in the crash. The cause of the accident is not yet known, but the Civil Aviation Authority will conduct a formal investigation.

The names of the dead cannot be released as the next of kin have not yet been informed, Sesing said.—Sapa

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