Durban – South African civil aviation investigators have compiled the circumstances of a collision in the air between two light aircraft that claimed the lives of four people near Grasmere, south of Gauteng.
The crash happened on Monday night and almost 24 hours later investigators are still investigating what caused the accident.
Kabelo Ledwaba, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority, said the investigation was still in its infancy.
“The investigation team is on the scene and the phase for gathering evidence has therefore begun. This phase will help define the size, scope and expected time frame of the investigation, ‘Ledwaba said.
He said the purpose of an aircraft accident investigation is to determine the cause as the probable cause of an accident and, if necessary, issue safety recommendations that will help prevent recurrence of accidents as a result of the same causes.
“Research can vary in complexity and can sometimes take some time to complete. However, should a critical security issue be identified in the course of the investigation, the investigation team will immediately notify all relevant parties so that appropriate action can be taken, ‘he said.
Ledwaba said a preliminary report would be issued within 30 days of the day of this accident.
“In cases where an investigation takes longer than 12 months to complete, the investigation team is expected to issue an interim statement to indicate progress at that particular time. Completion of an investigation is marked by the release of a final accident report, which often includes safety recommendations aimed at improving aviation safety levels and preventing a similar accident, ‘he said.
The identities of the deceased and where they would go or return were not released to the media at the time of publication.