DAR ES SALAAM – A light plane crashed in western Tanzania on Saturday, killing two South Africans who had been involved in last month’s successful attempt to fly a home-built aircraft from Cape Town to Cairo, officials said.
The crashed Sling plane, with registration ZU-TAF-19 that entered Tanzanian airspace from Uganda en route to Malawi, made a distress signal about engine failure before disappearing from radar, according to the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA).
“The pilot and passenger, both South African citizens, were killed in the plane crash that occurred shortly after take-off from Tabora airport at around 7:30 am,” Sikonge district commissioner Peres Magiri is quoted to have told ITV television station.
The plane was destroyed by fire after the crash and only the engine and some other parts were recovered. It was owned by a South African organisation known as U-Dream Global.
According to the group’s Facebook account, it said the Tanzanian accident involved the flight support aircraft for the Cape to Cairo Challenge and that U-Dream Global project directors, Des Werner and Werner Froneman lost their lives.