South African Air Force


At least 30 die in KwaZulu-Natal bus crash

Staff Reporter

At least 30 people are believed to have died when their bus left the road and went over a cliff into a river near Cedarville in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday. Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics had told him that the bus went off an 80m embankment and landed upside-down in the river.

Air force grounds fleet after plane crash

Staff Reporter

The South African Air Force has grounded its fleet of Pilatus Astra PC-7 MkII aircraft following the death of a pilot in a plane crash on Tuesday. The fleet would remain grounded until further notice, South African National Defence Force headquarters said on Wednesday.

Search continues for missing aircraft

Staff Reporter

Rescue services are still searching for the Cessna 210 light aircraft that went missing on Wednesday, said South African Search and Rescue Organisation head Charles Norval on Friday. "We haven't had success, but are still searching. The rescue team is following all the leads," Norval said.

Police officer dies in Free State helicopter crash

Staff Reporter

A police officer was killed and eight others seriously injured in a South African Air Force helicopter crash in the Free State on Wednesday, the military said. Seven other people suffered minor injuries. The Oryx helicopter was carrying 19 people when it crashed at about 11.40am near the Lesotho border.

Female officer tried to stop deadly cannon

Staff Reporter

A female artillery officer risked her life at Lohatlha on Friday in a desperate bid to prevent members of her battery being killed by their own anti-aircraft gun. By the time the gun had emptied its twin 250-round auto-loader magazine, eight soldiers were dead. A ninth soldier, a woman, died soon after being airlifted to Bloemfontein.

Nato, SA in naval-warfare exercise

Louis Oelofse

Forget the blazing guns of yesteryear -- these days naval warfare is a high-tech and sophisticated operation. This became clear on Monday as an exercise involving Nato warships and the South African Navy got under way off the South African coast.

Durban police work to ensure a safe festive season

Staff Reporter

Helicopters, horse patrols, closed-circuit television and police reservists have been roped in to boost security in Durban during the festive season, police said on Thursday. The city's courts will be open on December 17 and 26 to allow police to prosecute offenders speedily.