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Light aircraft crashes in Malmesbury

Two people have died in a microlight aircraft crash near Malmesbury in the Western Cape.

The wreck of the microlight aircraft that crashed near Malmesbury on 10 January 2013. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

MALMESBURY - Two people were killed in a microlight aircraft crash near Malmesbury in the Western Cape on Thursday.

There was very little left of the aircraft after the crash, which occurred at around 6.30am.

The mangled, burnt-out, skeleton of the microlight dotted a piece of the veld.

Investigators were still combing the scene for clues at 11am, as it remained unclear what caused the accident.

It is believed the deceased were on a training flight when the aircraft went down.

The bodies of the pilot and passenger will not be removed before officials from the South African Civil Aviation Authority arrive at the scene on Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the families of the two men killed in the crash received counselling upon their arrival.

At the same time, the Civil Aviation Authority will take over the investigation into the crash.

The police's November Filander said, "Our members found two people who were burnt. They were declared dead on the scene. It was a pilot and a 27-year-old passenger."