Military plane crash kills 11 in S Africa

A military plane has crashed in South Africa’s mountainous east, killing 11 officers, the air force said on Thursday.

“On board the aircraft was a crew of six and five passengers and it was confirmed that there are no survivors,” the air force said in a statement.

The wreckage of the C-47 Dakota was found in the Drakensberg mountains.

Officials said the plane took off from Pretoria’s Waterkloof Air Force Base and was scheduled to land at 10:00 am in Mthatha, a small airport in the Eastern Cape that is the closest to Nelson Mandela’s rural homestead of Qunu, where he has lived since retiring from public life.

It was not carrying members of Nelson Mandela’s medical team, as earlier reports suggested. A panel has been asked to investigate the cause of the accident.

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