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 Post subject: Re: Light Aaroplane crash on Voortrekker rd ?
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:39 pm 
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Glad the pilot is safe! Thanks Lesego! :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Light Aaroplane crash on Voortrekker rd ?
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Must have been a frigtening experience. There are certainly not too many places for a crash landing. Voortrekker road is pretty horrendous even for 4x4"s.

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 Post subject: Re: Light Aaroplane crash on Voortrekker rd ?
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ndloti wrote:
Whatever the reason for him landing , I was under the impression that overflying the KNP was not allowed .


If ndloti is correct why was he flying over Kruger? :hmz:

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As far as I recall you can overfly the park but it must be above a certain altitude, think its something like 1500Ft.
Guess if he was running out of fuel he had no other option but to land it?
When we stay in Mopani we always see and hear the international flights far above.

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Thanks Elsa..............how high do light aircraft usually go I wonder? :hmz:

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Not very high, Val. I can only imagine that there must have been a leak, or strong head wind that caused an unexpected fuel shortage.

The Voortrekker road is possibly the only road than would have given a reasonable chance of survival. Much of that area is very hilly.

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The reason I was asking was, because with my detective's hat on, I was wondering why, if light aircraft don't usually get up to 1500 ft and you can only fly over the park at 1500ft or over, why was he flying over the park at all. He was only flying from Moz to Nelspruit, so should have gone south or north of the park, depending which part of Moz he started from!!

I'm just curious!! :hmz:

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Val, I can certainly understand, given the current poaching situation. The thought also crossed my mind.

I can only think that if this is an unfortunate accident that he would have had to alter his course. I am sure that there are some pretty stiff questions being asked right now.

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MM......you're on the same wave-length as me. :thumbs_up:

Probably perfectly innocent.....but as you say in this day and age you never know. :naughty:

I'm sure SANparks are on the ball and will be investigating if necessary. :thumbs_up:

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In my experience, air traffic control and pilots prefer to be above 2000 feet in light aircrafts. It may be different in the R of SA but thermals here in the UK often force pilots to maintain these altitudes to avoid being bouced around like a toddler on a bouncy castle

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I was also under the impression that it was not allowed. Two weeks ago in the area south of Satara, I did however see a microlight flying ver low over the bushes, in what seemed to be an outing. They were also far away from the airfield at Satara.

I fly at least once a month with a friend of mine and he has always told me they are not allowed to fly over Kruger.


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Bundi - I think what you saw was probably a SANParks microlight-type plane. I think one is or was based at Tshokwane (which is south of Satara).

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""This is the same C210 that did a wheels up in Vilanculos, Mozambique last year. I presume it was on a ferry back to SA when she ran out of fuel."

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Yes, Steven Whitfield the section ranger of that area generally flies the SANParks microlight.
He was giving lucky flights for some mites at the cricket weekend a couple of years back.
I know EJ was one of the lucky ones.

Wow! it really did a nose dive in! :shock:

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I would love to hear Sanparks side of this as I have pictures of the aircraft.


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