Witnesses desperately tried to save 3 killed in Benoni plane crash

The light aircraft, which was en route to Limpopo, burst into flames after the pilot lost control today.

Three people were killed when a light aircraft crashed into a field in a park in Wattville in Benoni. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

WATTVILLE - Wattville residents have described to Eyewitness News how they desperately tried to save the lives of three people involved in today's plane crash on the East Rand.

The light aircraft, which was en route to Limpopo, burst into flames shortly after the pilot lost control of the plane.

The pilot and an Austrian couple died in the crash.

Eyewitnesses described heroic scenes of how residents ran towards the plane with buckets of water, hoping to find survivors in the burning wreckage.

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Thabiso Vilakazi, who owns a company near the park, said he rushed to the scene with buckets when he heard a loud noise.

Sipho Maphanga recalled how he climbed into the burning wreckage, hoping to find signs of life.

"We went inside, they were still in the fire. We went inside and thought the other guy, who was outside, was still breathing. We went inside again, another lady was at the back and we took her outside."

The scene was cleared after forensic experts gathered information and combed the area for evidence.

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele has offered condolences to the families of three people killed during the plane crash.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

Gungubele says it's a tragedy.

"We want to extend our condolences to the families of the deceased. It appears that they were on vacation but we're not yet fully sure. This small aircraft was actually heading towards Limpopo."

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.