13 dead in crash of 2 South African planes

AP News
Posted: Aug 16, 2011 8:06 AM
13 dead in crash of 2 South African planes

A rescue official says no survivors were found in the wreckage of two planes carrying 13 people that went missing Sunday in rugged eastern South Africa.

Rescue South Africa's Johnny Smit says wreckage was spotted from a helicopter Tuesday in a mountainous area of steep cliffs near Tzaneen, where the planes left Sunday for a 250-mile (400-kilometer) journey to Johannesburg. Searchers lowered from a helicopter determined the two pilots and 11 passengers _ among them two children _ had died.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the cause of the twin crash.

Durban Airshow spokesman Ray de Vries says a show organizer was aboard one of the two private planes that were each once military aircraft. De Vries says the group was returning from an air race.