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Plettenberg Bay pilot and wife unharmed after making emergency landing on JBay beach

Jan 31, 2019
Plettenberg Bay pilot and wife unharmed after making emergency landing on JBay beach

A pilot and his wife from Plettenberg Bay escaped unharmed after experiencing troubles with their light aircraft, which they managed to land on a Jeffreys Bay beach.

According to Paul van Jaarsveld, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay duty coxswain, said that at 13h45, Wednesday, 30th January, NSRI Station 37 Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following a request by Kouga Fire and Rescue Services to respond to the Van Stadens River Mouth for a light aircraft reported to have landed on the beach in an emergency landing.

"Our NSRI rescue vehicle with NSRI crew responded to join the SA Police Services, Kouga Fire and Rescue Services and EC Government Health EMS who had already been activated by ARCC (Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre)," said van Jaarsveld.

"It was reported that there were no injuries and on arrival on the scene a Plettenberg Bay pilot and his wife were found safe on the beach and not injured at their light aircraft that the pilot had landed on the beach in an emergency landing during a flight from Port Elizabeth to George following suspected motor failure."

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He added that Douglas Aviation aircraft technicians were activated and assisted on the scene.

"The incident is being investigated by CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)," van Jaarsveld said.

"Following consultation with CAA investigators the aircraft was moved to safety nearby to be recovered.

"No further assistance was required."

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