5 people die in SA plane crush at Impalila

By Simon Liseli

SEEN on this photo is a South African registered Cessna 210 V5LMK airplane operated by Scenic Air in the river water at Impalila Island in Zambezi Region of Namibia

Five (5) people died shortly in a South African registered Cessna 210 V5LMK airplane, operated by Scenic Air on Tuesday, after a takeoff near Kangongolo village in Impalila Island.

Four (4) of the deceased are German tourists, and a pilot from South Africa died on the spot.

The plane crush, and the untimely deaths of the five people at Impalila in an airplane, was confirmed by the Namibian police spokesman in Zambezi region, Inspector Kisco Sitali.

Inspector Sitali told Caprivi Vision that, bodies of the deceased were picked up and are currently held at the police mortuary in Katima Mulilo.

The deceased Germany passengers are members of the same family, and a pilot from South Africa. “We don’t have much to say now as we are still waiting for aviation investigators to come on the scene” explained Inspector Sitali.

According to eye witness at Impalila said, they observed that the pilot of the plane lost control because the turned shortly when she takeoff , some meters before the airstrip the plane firstly smash hit into a tree before it came down and crushed straight into the river.

A team of people (rescuers) from NEXUS Construction Company tried to jump into the river hoping that they will rescue people who were in the airplane but only sustained injuries that were caused by airplane basin.

Police investigations still continue.






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