Bad weather sees the air search for missing Joburg pilot suspended

Cloudy and wet conditions across Gauteng had forced a halt to the search for a missing Johannesburg pilot...

A small plane about to takes to the sky. Picture: Eyewitness News

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52-year-old businessman Chris Combrinck took off from his farm in Limpopo on Saturday afternoon and was set to arrive at <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Lanseria<placetype w:st="on">Airport that night, but he never arrived.

All radar contact with the craft was lost about 27 kilometres north-east of the Pilansberg mountain range.

The South African Search and Rescue Services’ Santjie White said there was no trace of Combrinck’s Cessna and Monday’s bad weather had made it too dangerous to continue the search by air.

“Although the ground troops have been very active all along, they are back on a code yellow to leave tomorrow morning,” said White.

Santjie said the search would be extended to Tuesday if weather conditions allowed.