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Civil Aviation Authority investigates cause of fatal Tygerberg plane crash

The cause of a fatal plane crash in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve remains unknown while the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) continues to investigate on the scene.

All five of the passengers died on Sunday after the e-Med Rescue 24 light aircraft crashed. An 80-year-old South African citizen, his daughter, a paramedic and two pilots were on board.

Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu says that two investigators were deployed onto the scene on Sunday.

Two investigators were dispatched yesterday. They are studying the parts of the aircraft and are still on the ground. It is too early to give out any other information at this stage.

Phindiwe Gwebu, Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson

Gwebu told CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies that there is very little conclusive information available while the investigation is still unfolding.

Gwebu confirmed that the pilot had lost contact with the Air Traffic Control services and that investigators would probe the reasons further.

Despite speculation regarding the exact cause of the crash, the CAA will conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

WATCH from EWN: Five die in Durbanville plane crash

According to the CEO of Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Thabane Mthiyane, the crash was unrelated to the technical glitch experienced by Air Traffic Controllers' integration system over the weekend.

Mthiyane says that ATNS will conduct their own investigation into the cause of the radar system glitch on Sunday morning.

Listen to the full conversation on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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