Light aircraft crash investigation

Two seperate light aircraft crashes this week raise questions about safety.

Police and paramedics inspecting the scene where two people were killed in a plane crash near the Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions have been raised about the safety of light aircraft following two unrelated incidents last week.

Two people were killed near Lanseria airport on Thursday. 24-year-old Odette Prinsloo, a flight instructor from Lanseria airport and 19-year-old Juan Claasen, a trainee crashed in an open field while trying to land.

It's believed the aircraft may have had a mechanical problem during the training session.

In a separate crash last Tuesday, one person was injured at the Baragwanath airport.

It's understood the pilot was practicing circuits when the engine failed and he landed short of the run way.

The Civil Aviation Authority's Phindiwe Gwebu says investigations into both incidents have been launched.

"The investigation has started. Part of what they do involves getting into the records of the aircraft to find out if the aircraft was airworthy and that it had a valid airworthy certificate."