CAA investigates Lanseria plane crash
A pilot and two passengers died after the plane burst into flames while attempting to land in bad weather.
JOHANNESBURG - As rain continues to fall across Gauteng, it's been confirmed that a pilot and two passengers have been killed in a plane crash at Lanseria International Airport.
The twin engine Beechcraft 90 burst into flames while attempting to land in bad weather this morning.
A handful of cars have pulled over on the side of the road leading into the airport, with occupants staring across at the veld at the emergency lights flashing in the distance.
The scene is cordoned off and a fire engine is still on site.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will conduct a full investigation.
The crash happened shortly before 7am.
The cause is not yet known, but it is suspected the bad weather played a role.
An eyewitness says he saw the plane go down.
"Smoke came out and then I saw fire and a few minutes later emergency vehicles arrived."
Lanseria Airport CEO Gavin Sayce says the plane was coming in from a local airport.
"I am not too sure where they were going at this stage. The site has been secured and the Civil Aviation Authority will start investigations."
He added operations at the airport are running normally.
Light Aircraft involved in crash at #Lanseria. Full report is 3 people were on board and killed in crash.
- ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd ® (@ER24EMS) February 3, 2014
Mandela's will can take a back seat we have bigger things to worry about. EG. Rain, Lanseria crash and taxi strike.
- Comrade Mbali (@BiKeR626) February 3, 2014
Condolences to the families of the 3 people who died in a Private Jet crash at Lanseria this morning☹
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