Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) can confirm that a light aircraft carrying two people crashed on the airfield at Bram Fischer International Airport, in Bloemfontein in the Free State, this morning.
The aircraft, believed to be a Piper, crashed in a grassy area on the airfield and caught fire at about 09h20. Airport Fire & Rescue team and the paramedics responded to the incident accordingly. All relevant local authorities including SAPS responded to the scene.
Rescuers proceeded to extinguish the fire and administered first aid to the victims. Despite rescuers’ best efforts, one of the plane’s occupants was unfortunately declared dead at the scene. The other one was taken to hospital with severe injuries.
The cause of the crash will be investigated by the relevant authorities. ACSA would like to extend its condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased individual and wish the surviving occupant a speedy recovery.