Cape to Cairo homemade plane project creators die in Tanzania crash

Two South African pilots behind a project that saw teenage students fly a homemade aircraft across Africa have been killed in a plane crash in western Tanzania.

Des Werner and Werner Froneman were in a support plane following the teenagers that went down in Tabora region.

They were accompanying a team who had just flown a four-seater Sling 4 plane from Cape Town to Cairo.

They had been expected to land back in South Africa on Monday.

Tanzania authorities said the plane went down on Saturday after take-off from Tabora airport.

The pilots sent a distress signal about engine failure before disappearing from radar, according to the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority.

The plane was completely destroyed with only a few parts recovered, local authorities said.

It was owned by U Dream Global, an organisation founded by 17-year-old Megan Werner, Des Werner’s daughter.

The four-seater Sling 4 plane flown by the teenagers was assembled by a group of 20 students from vastly different backgrounds.

 

 

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