Two killed in Eastern Cape plane crash

DECEMBER 17, 2015

A pilot was injured and his two passengers killed when the aircraft they were travelling in crashed in the Palmietvlei mountains on Wednesday, Eastern Cape emergency services said.

The Cessna 186 was flying to Plettenberg Bay, said AK Munilal, director of the EMS in the Eastern Cape. The wreckage was spotted by a helicopter operating in the area.

Two paramedics were hoisted down close to the wreckage as the terrain was mountainous and dense with wet bushes that made it difficult to negotiate.

Paramedics found the pilot, a 50-year-old man, sitting upright on the right wing leaning against the cockpit.

"It was evident that he struggled to reach that position and was trapped sitting there because his right foot was badly injured," Munilal said. "He couldn't move any further."

The pilot could barely speak, was weak and in severe pain. He was the only survivor. The bodies of the two women passengers, aged 50 and 75, were found in the aircraft. They were trapped in the mangled wreck. The pilot was airlifted to St George's Hospital in Port Elizabeth.