Light aircraft makes emergency landing

A light aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Bluewater Bay Beach on Sunday.

A light aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Bluewater Bay Beach on Sunday.

CAPE TOWN - National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Port Elizabeth on Sunday said a light aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on Bluewater Bay Beach.

The institute's Craig Lambinon said the incident happened just before 1pm when the Italian pilot noticed smoke.

He said the 23-year-old was on a training flight at the time.

"It appears the pilot declared an emergency after seeing smoke in his cockpit of the single engine, single seater aircraft. He then glided towards the piece of land he could see, which was the Bluewater Bay Beach."

Lambinon said a dog was injured.

"The aircraft safely landed on the beach, but it struck a dog. The dog sustained lacerations to its eye."

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority said it is still unclear at this stage what caused the death of the two Nigerian citizens, who died after their light aircraft crashed into Ysterberg Mountain range between Polokwane and Mokopane, on Friday night.

It is believed they were on their night flying training exercise to obtain a pilot's license.

They departed from Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria around 10pm.

The authority's Phindiwe Gwebu said they are investing the cause of the plane crash.