Double S.African air crash kills 13

16th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Thirteen people, including two children, were killed in South Africa after two aircraft flying in formation crashed in north eastern mountains at the weekend, police said Tuesday.

"We have found the missing planes. All the bodies were found, there were 13 in number," said Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

"They were flying in formation when they crashed, that is what we have for now. They hit the mountain wall head on so it was a head on collision."

The Albatross airplanes went missing on Sunday but the wreckage was only found around 200 metres (yards) apart Tuesday morning after bad weather including low cloud and fog held up search efforts.

Police believe the victims died on impact with no mayday signal for help broadcast before the planes crashed into the Lekgalametse mountains near Tzaneen at an elevation of 1750 metres, said Mulaudzi.

The children were thought to be around eight years old, he said.

Police and civil aviation authorities were on the ground investigating the cause of the accident.

The aircraft were reported missing Sunday after taking off following an air show in Tzaneen for an airport near Johannesburg.

© 2011 AFP

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