The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) released a statement confirming that a light aircraft carrying two people crashed on the airfield at Bram Fischer International Airport, in Bloemfontein, on Saturday morning.
The aircraft crashed in a grassy area on the airfield and caught fire shortly after 09:00. The Airport Fire & Rescue team and the paramedics responded to the incident, while relevant local authorities, including the SAPS, responded to the scene.
The Bram Fischer Airport rescue team proceeded to extinguish the fire and administer first aid to the two victims. Despite rescuers’ best efforts, one of the plane’s occupants was unfortunately declared dead at the scene, as the other was taken to hospital with severe injuries following the crash.
The cause of the accident is being investigated by the relevant authorities. Acsa went on to extend its condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased individual and wish the surviving occupant a speedy recovery.
Compiled by Warren Hawkins