Investigations underway into Merebank plane crash

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Durban - The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has dispatched an accident investigation team to the plane crash scene in Merebank, near the Durban International Airport, which happened early this morning.

"An on-site investigation will be carried out from which a report will be prepared to determine the probable cause of the crash," said Transport Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, on Thursday.

According to initial reports, the plane broke in two after crashing into a school ground in Merebank shortly after take-off from the Durban International Airport around 8am this morning.

Four people were critically injured in the plane crash.

Ndebele has since wished those injured in the plane crash a speedy recovery.

"We want to wish those injured in the plane crash in Merebank this morning a speedy recovery. We acknowledge that this is a difficult time for those injured and their families and our thoughts and prayers are with them."

Senior officials from the Department of Transport, SACAA, Airports Company of South Africa, South African Airways and emergency service personnel are all on scene.