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South African pilots create homemade plane, die in plane crash

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Two South African pilots, Des Werner and Werner Froneman who were involved in a project that saw teenage students fly a homemade aircraft across Africa died in a light plane crash in Western Tanzania on Sunday, August 4.

They were in a support plane accompanying a team who had just flown a four-seater Sling 4 plane from Cape Town to Cairo and were expected to land back in South Africa on Monday.

According to Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, the plane went down on Saturday after take-off from Tabora Airport, a distress signal was sent about engine failure before it eventually disappeared from the radar.

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

The plane was said to have been completely destroyed with only a few parts recovered.

“Cape to Cairo Challenge is devastated to report that there has been an accident of the flight support aircraft and that the project directors, Des Werner and Werner Froneman have lost their lives,” said U Dream Global in a statement on Facebook.

The Cape to Cairo project involves 20 teenagers from different backgrounds who were taught how to build a Sling 4 aircraft in three weeks, the crew completed the plane in early July.

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