A YOUNG overseas pilot, killed when his aircraft plunged into the Port Elizabeth Airport perimeter fence, was part of a George-based international training programme to fly commercial aircraft. Chinese national Qianlong “Jerome” Zhang, 23, was killed while attempting to make an emergency landing minutes after taking off at 1pm on Saturday.
Flying solo, Zhang was piloting a four-seater Piper Cherokee – on loan from 43 Air School in Port Alfred – to George as part of a navigation training exercise.
He had taken off from George earlier on Saturday.
The airport temporarily closed a runway but remained fully operational after the accident.
-Gareth Wilson, The Herald Live