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Post by gvla on Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:45 am



\By Dean Wingrin
A search and rescue mission is underway for a missing South African Air Force Dakota transport aircraft.
The C-47TP aircraft of 35 Squadron was flying from AFB Waterkloof near Pretoria to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape when it encountered severe weather conditions this morning. Unconfirmed reports state that the aircraft last communicated with Air Traffic Control when above Giants Castle in the Drakensburg mountains, stating that they were at 11,000 feet and flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions due to the bad visibility. The aircraft never arrived at Mthatha Airport.
An Oryx helicopter was tasked to search for the missing aircraft, but had to abandon the search due to the very bad weather in the area.
A SANDF spokesperson confirmed that the SANDF was aware that an aircraft may be missing and that a media release would be issued as soon as further information was available.
Just under a month ago, on 7 November, another C-47TP Dakota of 35 Squadron was involved in a landing accident at Mthatha Airport, when it bounced on landing and left the runway. Damage included a torn-off main undercarriage, bent propeller and damaged engine and wing. Fortunately, none of the 16 passengers on board was injured.
It is not known how many people were on board the missing aircraft.

http://www.saairforce.co.za/news-and-events/1154/saaf-dakota-missing


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Post by gvla on Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:46 am

By Benita Enoch, Yusuf Moolla and Mogomotsi Magome
The SA Air Force military plane carrying an estimated 11 people that went missing en route from Pretoria to Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday has been found.
According to SAAF spokesman Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga, the wreckage was found in Giants Castle in the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mabanga said they would not reveal the number of people on board.
“There was a pilot and crew on board but we cannot reveal the numbers at this stage,” he said.
According to reports, the plane was carrying former president Nelson Mandela's medical team. The route is used weekly by the medical team looking after Mandela's health in Qunu.
The SAAF has confirmed that the plane - an SAAF Air Force DC3 or C-47TP aircraft of 35 Squadron known by the nickname “Dakota” - might have encountered problems but said there were no details about what happened.
However, It is believed that bad weather conditions may have contributed to the craft’s disappearance.
Mabanga said the plane’s last known location had been in the Ladysmith area in KwaZulu-Natal. However, other reports said it was last in radio contact in the Giants Castle area.
According to a statement made on the SAAF (unofficial) online forum, the Dakota was flying from Waterkloof in Pretoria when it encountered severe weather.
“Unconfirmed reports state that the aircraft last communicated with Air Traffic Control when above Giants Castle in the Drakensberg, stating that they were at 11 000 feet and flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions due to the bad visibility. The aircraft never arrived at Mthatha Airport,” the statement said.
The forum’s administrator, Dean Wingrin, said that an Oryx helicopter crew was tasked with searching for the missing aircraft, but had to abandon the search due to the bad weather.
Wingrin, who is a reporter for the Defence Web, said the Dakota operated regular flights in that region and would on most occasions carry military personnel between airports.

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