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SACAA confirms death of colleagues in Garden Route crash

The Civil Aviation Authority has expressed its condolences to the families of three of its members killed in a plane crash near Mossel Bay on Thursday.

Its the first incident of its kind involving a Civil Aviation Authority aircraft, according to CAA director Poppy Khoza.

The aircraft, which belongs to the Authority, left George Airport around 10 AM on Thursday on a flight calibration mission involving the airport's navigational equipment.

Contact with the aircraft was lost shortly afterwards.

Rescue crews using an AMS helicopter reached the crash site in a mountainous area outside Mossel Bay earlier on Friday morning to retrieve the bodies.

The victims were identified as 49-year-old Captain Thabiso Tolo, 1st Officer, 33-year-old Tebogo Caroline Lekalakala and the 36-year-old Flight Inspector Gugu Comfort Mnguni.

Picture: Captain Tolo


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