Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Aviation authority investigating Plett plane crash

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has sent investigators to look into the cause of an aircraft accident near Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday in which nine people died.

The CAA said in a statement on Wednesday that the aircraft, a Pilatus PC12 with two crew members and seven passengers on board, took off from Queenstown Aerodrome at 3pm on Tuesday and was to have landed at Plettenberg Bay Aerodrome just after 4pm.

“Information at this stage indicates that, shortly after being handed over to the Cape Town Radar Control, and at approximately five kilometres away from Plettenberg Bay Aerodrome, the aircraft went off radar,” the CAA said.

A search and rescue operation was launched soon after it became known that the aircraft had not reached its destination.

One of those killed in the accident was Italtile CEO Gianpaolo Ravazzotti.

Also killed were pilot Bronwyn Parsons, co-pilot Alison van Staden and passengers Gia Celori of Italtile, Marilize Compion of Italtile, Sava Di Bella of Prima Bella Bathroom Accessories, Simon Hirschberg of Grainwave, Jody Jansen van Rensburg of CTM Alberton and Aletsia Krause of Italtile.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said police divers had recovered some bodies.

“But Forensic Pathology Services and the South African Police Service will not confirm the number of bodies recovered as this has not been conclusively determined,” the NSRI said in a statement.

Incorrect reports
Earlier reports that eight bodies had been retrieved by Wednesday afternoon were incorrect, it said.

Debris from the aircraft spanned five nautical miles out to sea and along the shore.

The highest concentration of debris was about half a nautical mile in the vicinity off-shore of the Robberg Nature Reserve, near Plettenberg Bay.

The NSRI in Plettenberg Bay and NSRI Knysna deployed three sea rescue craft for the search.

Search aircraft could not be deployed because of dense fog on Wednesday morning. — Sapa

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Related stories


If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Subscribers only

Basic web lessons for South Africa: Government hacks point to...

Recent cyberattacks at the department of justice and the space agency highlight the extent of our naïveté

Farmers squeezed by big retailers

It may be beneficial for consumers when supermarkets push to get the lowest price from suppliers, but it can harm the farmers

More top stories

Ramaphosa hits the right notes as he urges Cosatu to...

Cosatu meets to deliberate on its support for the governing party in the upcoming local government elections

DA insists IEC favoured the ANC after Constitutional Court dismisses...

The apex court’s dismissal of the Democratic Alliance’s application to declare reopening candidate registration unlawful came as no surprise

‘Factional’ ANC Veterans League chastised by Motlanthe

ANC Limpopo leaders called on the election committee to change the candidate lists in favour of Ramaphosa faction days before Motlanthe’s report on factions in the party

Sisters pave the way with ecobricks

The durable bricks are made from 30% recycled plastic, some of which they collect from a network of 50 waste pickers

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…