Safety of light aircrafts under spotlight

An aviation expert says the industry seems to be under pressure to afford the costs of safety regulations.

One man died after an aircraft crashed at the Kitty Hawk Aerodrome in Pretoria on 12 May 2016. Picture: @NetCare911 via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The safety of light aircrafts has come under sharp focus following three crashes this week alone.

Earlier today, a man was killed and another injured, when the light aircraft they were travelling in crashed outside Kitty Hawk Aerodrome in Pretoria.

LISTEN: Another light aircraft crashes, this time in Pretoria.

This is the third such incident this week.

Yesterday, a small plane went down near Grand Central Airport in Midrand and its two occupants managed to escape virtually unharmed.

Just a few hours later, a man was killed in another crash in Mossel Bay in the Western Cape.

Aviation expert Linden Birns says the industry seems to be under a lot of pressure to afford the costs of safety regulations.

"The one thing about pilots, unlike other vehicle drivers, is you have to go for regular training and competency evaluation. As a private pilot, you have to do a renewal flying exam every year if you are over the age of 40 and once every two years if you are under the age of 40."