5 persons have narrow escape as plane crashes into 4WD vehicle near Johannesburg

June 12th, 2009 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 12 (ANI): Five persons had a narrow escape when a plane had a head-on crash with a four-wheel-drive Ford vehicle.

Just after taking off from a South African runway, the light aircraft plunged down towards a secluded road near Krugersdorp Airport, west of Johannesburg, on Sunday afternoon.

The two-seater Piper Cherokee ploughed into a Ford ute, which was carrying three people, and then burst into flames.

According to South African newspaper The Times, no one was killed in the crash.

Pilot John Thompson and George Carney, who trapped inside the burning aircraft for some time, were taken to hospital. Both of them sustained “serious” injuries.

Tony van Aswegen, who was sitting in the back of the ute, was thrown onto the road but escaped injury.

Monica Braganca and Anna Vaulina, who were inside the vehicle, were treated for shock at the scene.

Vaulina revealed that watching the plane dive down towards their vehicle, she thought that she was done for.

“I was thinking we were going to die, not one ounce of me thought I was going to survive. It felt like in a movie,” News.com.au quoted her as telling The Times.

“I couldn’t say anything, no one was screaming. I just thought it was the end, I’d never be lucky enough to escape it.

“The scary part was seeing the faces of the pilots looking straight at us,” she added.

Braganca, who was driving the ute, said that she was lucky that the vehicle was sturdy.

“We saw the plane coming down, I honestly didn’t think it would crash and it would pull up. When it hit the ground, I just closed my eyes and kept my foot on the brakes and braced myself. We pretty much saw it coming,” she said. (ANI)

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