Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Plane crashes near Pretoria, South Africa

A man is in a serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital after his light aircraft crashed near the Bronkhorstspruit Dam. 
(Netcare 911)

Cape Town - A man is in a serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital after his light aircraft crashed near the Bronkhorstspruit Dam on Wednesday, paramedics said.

"Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the wreckage of the plane on a rocky outcrop of a hill. The pilot had been pulled from the wreckage and was lying nearby," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

He had sustained trauma to his upper body but was in a stable condition, and taken to Netcare Pretoria East Hospital, Wicks said.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

The cause of the crash was unknown, and will be the subject of a Civil Aviation Authority investigation, he said.

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