Widow settles damages after plane crash

Johannesburg - A Pretoria widow has settled her damages claim for R6.8 million after she was injured in a light aircraft crash, the Citizen reported on Monday.

Annerie du Plooy, 39, of Olympus in Pretoria, sued the estate of the pilot, her husband's stepfather Spencer Watson, and his insurers after the accident in Limpopo in 2008 in which the 60-year-old Watson was killed.

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Du Plooy's husband Henk, 31, sustained 75 percent burn wounds when he dragged her and his stepfather out of the burning wreck. He died in hospital two weeks later.

The couple had gone for a flight with Watson in his light aircraft when it crashed and burst into flames.

Du Plooy claimed in court papers the pilot had been negligent by attempting to land at an unregistered airfield, not approaching it at the correct airspeed and angle, not applying correct go-around procedures, and not avoiding treetops.

She sustained 35 percent burns and the settlement was for past and future medical expenses and suffering.