Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
6 Jul 2021
4:54 am

‘Flying coffin’ should have been replaced two years before crash

Brian Sokutu

Captain Thabiso Tolo, 49, first officer Tebogo Lekalakala, 33, and flight inspector Gugu Mnguni, 36, died in the crash on 23 January last year.

Sacaa first officer Tebogo Lekalakala, who died in a plane crash last year with crew members captain Thabiso Tolo and flight inspector Gugu Mnguni. She is seen during happier times with husband Sputla and their children. Picture: Supplied

With known mechanical defects that raised the eyebrows of the SA Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) three-member flight crew who died last year aboard the Cessna S550 Citation SII plane crash in George, it has emerged the aircraft should have been replaced two years before the fatal incident. Captain Thabiso Tolo, 49, first officer Tebogo Lekalakala, 33, and flight inspector Gugu Mnguni, 36, died in the crash on 23 January last year. According to minutes of the Sacaa audit and risk committee meetings, seen by The Citizen, the plane used by the crew for the calibration of the country’s airports should...