Four airmen killed in accident


Four Air Force protection squadron personnel have been killed in a vehicle accident 10 kilometres outside of Estcourt in KwaZulu Natal. The Department of Defence (DoD) says the airmen from the South African Air Force’s 506 Protection Squadron based at Air Force Base Bloemspruit in Bloemfontein were on route to Durban on on official duty when the accident occurred.

“The cause of the accident has not yet been established and will form part of the investigation that will look into the sequence of events that led to the accident,” the DoD says in a statement. Twelve airmen were involved in the accident. In addition to the four who died, three are still in a critical condition in hospital and two are stable. Three have been discharged.
“Nedcare 911 Emergency Services provided support at the scene of the accident and transported patients to various hospitals depending on the seriousness of the injuries. Names of the deceased members will be released after their next of kin have been informed,” the statement adds.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu, the acting Chief of the South African National Defence Force, Lieutenant General Themba Matanzima and Chief of the South African Air Force, Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano have all expressed their heartfelt condolences to families and friends of the deceased as well as to families and friends of those injured in the accident. “The DOD wishes them a full and speedy recovery.”
Editor’s note: The editor and staff of defenceWeb joins the minister and Generals Matanzima and Gagiano in expressing heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deceased as well as to families and friends of those injured. We wish them a full and speedy recovery.

Pic: The SAAF Memorial at Bays Hill. Alieno non vestri mortuus.