Nine Airplane accidents in FS & NW in 2016

At least nine aircraft accidents in the Free state and Northwest had to be investigated by the South African Civil Aviation Investigation Division last year.

This is according to the National Department of Transport in an answer to a question in parliament.

The department said that the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) had a total of 69 accidents and 14 serious incidents reported across the country during the past financial year.

A total of two accidents in the Free State and seven in North West were reported during the same period.

This is less than the 11 and 3 accidents that were reported in these two provinces respectively in the previous financial year.

According to the department, a total cost of more than R17.7million was incurred with the investigations into accidents and incidents countrywide that took place up until February this year.

Some of the main causes listed for these incidents were human errors such as disorientation and poor airmanship and mechanical failure that include loss of power, combustion malfunction, and fuel exhaustion.

Cathy Dlodlo- Courant News