Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili, acting national police commissioner, has expressed her condolences to the families of the five people killed when a fixed-wing police plane crashed at Rand Airport in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

Warrant Officer Willem Erasmus, a member of the police air wing, was killed in the crash, while the pilot and sole survivor, police Captain Casper Swanepoel, was being treated for serious injuries.

Four technicians hired by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to service police aircraft were also killed in the crash.

Mosikili hoped the pilot would recover quickly.

Colonel Athlenda Mathe, a national police spokesperson, said police management had visited the four technicians’ families.

According to Mathe, preliminary investigations revealed that the plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, shortly after 14:30.

According to News24, Mathe stated that police had opened an inquest docket to investigate whether the flight was for maintenance or if the crew was on board to conduct crime prevention operations.

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