Air Force still searching for missing aircraft in Mozambique


Three South African Air Force aircraft are still searching Mozambique for a light twin-engined aircraft that went missing on Sunday. No word of the aircraft has yet been heard.

SAAF media liaison Brigadier General Marthie Visser told defenceWeb that the Air Force began assisting with the search on Monday, using a Cessna Caravan. Another Caravan and a C-47TP transport aircraft later joined in the search.

Visser this afternoon said the aircraft were still in Beira and would continue the search until it was called off by the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC), which has two other aircraft participating in the endeavour.

Bryan Simms and his son Robert, from Midrand, Johannesburg, were flying back to South Africa in a Beechcraft Baron 58 they had purchased in Uganda when contact was lost around 45 minutes from Beira airport. They had departed Lilongwe, Malawi, and were due to land in Lanseria airport north of Johannesburg.

Santjie White, head of the ARCC, said the only thing the search and rescue team had to go on was a villager who heard a low-flying aircraft.

No distress signal was received from the aircraft, which is believed to be somewhere in Mozambique’s Tete province.