SAAF plane crashes in Drakensberg

A SA Air Force plane has crashed over the Drakensberg Mountains.

A SAAF Dakota DC3 C47 plane Picture: DC-3.co.za/Jens Frischmuth

JOHANNESBURG - An SA Air Force (SAAF) plane crashed over the Drakensberg Mountains on Thursday morning.

The SAAF confirmed that it found the wreckage in and already had a team on site.

An official in the aviation industry confirmed the incident.

It is alleged that Nelson Mandela's medical team were on board the plane, but the Defence Ministry's Siphiwe Dlamini said he could not confirm nor deny this as it was an operational matter which could not be discussed.

He said the Dakota DC3 C47 plane wreckage was strewn over a large area.

"The aircraft went down on the Drakensberg Mountains range in an area called Giant's Castle Peak."

He said it was still too early to determine the exact cause of the crash.

Dlamini confirmed that a team was already on the ground combing the area for survivors.

The plane took off from Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria and was allegedly en route to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.