South Africa Military Plane Crashes killing 11

Thursday, December 6, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: South African military Douglas C-47TP Dakota
Where: Drakensberg mountains
When: Dec 5, 2012
Who: 11 crew and passengers
Why: A military plane that took off from Pretoria crashed in the Drakensberg (trans. Dragon Mountain) mountains killing everyone aboard. Soldiers located the wreckage near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Six crew members and five passengers were on the flight, which encountered bad weather. The deceased include a major, a captain, four sergeants, four corporals and one lance corporal.

The accident occurred 17 miles north of Qunu, where Mandela lives. It has not been reported if the crew was connected with Mandela or his medical care. It has been speculated that the crash was weather related.

South Africa’s Defense Department will be investigating.

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