MAGALIESBURG, September 23– A microlight pilot who crashed at an airfield in the Magaliesburg area in Gauteng on Saturday morning suffered multiple severe injuries and has been airlifted to hospital, paramedics said.
Netcare 911 paramedics responded to reports just after 7.30am that a microlight had crashed at an airfield in Orient Hills in the Magaliesburg area, Netcare 911 spokesman Nick Dollman said.
Reports from the scene alleged that the man was trying to land and crashed into a hanger. Netcare 911 advanced life support paramedics attended to the 46-year-old man who had sustained life threatening injuries.
“He was in a critical condition; medical drugs were administered and CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] was performed and he was placed on a ventilator. Due to the severe nature of his injuries and the location of the incident, the Netcare 911 specialised helicopter ambulance was called to the scene.
“The patient was stabilised at the scene and specialised equipment was used to immobilise and spinally restrict him. He was then airlifted to a specialised trauma unit for the urgent medical care that he required. The incident has been reported to the Civil Aviation Authority.”
The Magaliesburg South African Police Service (SAPS) and the West Rand fire department were also at the scene, Dollman said.
– African News Agency (ANA)