16 Aug 2015 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 AUG (NAMPA) The medical plane that crashed near the Cape Town International Airport early on Sunday had been transporting an 80-year-old patient who required urgent medical care.
Five people had been aboard the aircraft from Oranjemund when it crashed shortly before landing at the Cape Town International Airport.
None of the planes occupants survived the crash.
Bertus Struwig of E-Med Rescue 24, to whom the aircraft belongs, told Nampa on Sunday the mercy flight (to provide urgent medical care) left Windhoek at 02h00 on Sunday and landed at Oranjemund in the //Karas Region shortly before 04h00.
It then took off with the 80-year-old patient, his daughter, a medic and the two pilots shortly after 04h00.
At around 06h00, the South African authorities contacted the E-Med Rescue 24 offices saying they had lost contact with the pilots.
It was then that we mobilised the search and rescue unit from Cape Town and shortly after 07h00 they confirmed that they found the wreck of the aircraft, Struwig told this news agency.
It is not yet clear what caused the accident, but South African media has reported that the radar network, which aids in the guiding of the aircraft, was out of order.
The Premier of the Western Cape and former leader of the Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille tweeted that the wreckage of the place was found in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
Meanwhile Terrance Ward, the father of Alfred John Ward, one of the pilots who passed away in the crash, told this news agency in a telephonic interview his son had a passion for his profession, which was helping others in need of medical care.
Ward was 23 years old.
The names of the rest of the deceased are being withheld until their next of kin have been informed.