The Pietermaritzburg Search and Rescue Unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS) responded to an aircraft crash in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, 28 July. Two people were injured in the incident that reportedly involved two small planes.
According to police, one of the aircraft hit a power line, went down and caught fire. Two pilots were involved in the Rietvlei crash, one of which sustained minor injuries, the other pilot was in a more critical condition and had to be airlifted to St Ann’s Hospital.
KZN publication The Witness reports that the two pilots were a father and son duo that were flying two small aircraft together on Wednesday when the father hit the power line. The man apparently sustained third-degree burns to his body following the crash.
When the son saw his father’s plane go down, he landed nearby and found help from a tractor driver near the scene. The son and tractor driver reportedly attempted to use the second aircraft to airlift the father to the hospital but unfortunately, the other aircraft also crashed.
Eventually, the police and other emergency services arrived at the scene and the man was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. He is said to be fighting for his life.