Student pilot crashes with light aircraft at Rundu

11 Aug 2014 17:30pm
KAYIRAYIRA, 11 AUG (NAMPA) - A student pilot escaped unhurt after the microlight aircraft he was operating crashed at the Kayirayira village on the western outskirts of Rundu on Sunday afternoon.
The 67-year-old student pilot, who asked not to be named, said he took off from the Rundu airport to practice in the air.
The man, who is studying at the Rundu Flying School, escaped uninjured and the two-passenger aircraft was damaged slightly.
It landed upside down next to the tar road which leads to Kayirayira Combined School.
He told this agency on Sunday that he decided to make an emergency landing after the engine stopped working because of a lack of fuel.
The aspiring pilot said as he was trying to land it at a safe place, but one of the aircraftÂ’s wheels hit a heap of stones and threw the light aircraft off balance, resulting in the crash.
The instructor at the Rundu Flying School, Dirk Oelofse said the student pilot has been learning to fly the light aircraft for two weeks now.
The incident has already been reported to the Directorate of Civil Aviation.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Kavango West regional Commander Commissioner Olavi Auanga, who was also at the scene of the accident, said the student pilot was lucky to escape unhurt.