Five people died when a South African Police Service (SAPS) aircraft crashed at the Rand Airport in Gauteng Province shortly after take-off on Tuesday, SAPS spokesperson Athlenda Mathe announced on Wednesday.
“On board were five passengers and a pilot. All five passengers have sadly lost their lives,” Mathe said.
“The pilot is critically injured and has been taken to a nearby hospital for further medical care,” Mathe added.
“The details of the deceased and injured pilot will be released once their next of kin have been informed,” the spokesperson said.
Investigations are underway to establish the cause of the accident, according to Mathe.