Daily News reporters
Witnesses this morning told of their horror as a South African Airlink passenger aircraft crash-landed just metres away from homes and a school in the bustling community of Merebank.
Those who live close to the crash site watched as the plane landed on a street that would have been filled with cars, pedestrians and the odd schoolchild who was late for classes had it not been for today's public holiday.
Friends Vikesh Kanaipersad, Rajen Seethal and Aveshkar Djadhoo were standing in Umarkot Cresent, 20 metres from Merebank Secondary School when they saw the plane land.
They said the pilot needed to be commended for avoiding the houses as he headed for the school ground.
Vikesh Kanaipersad said they looked inside the cockpit window and saw three crew members.
"They had gashes on their foreheads and blood was oozing from the wounds," he said.
Rajen Seethal said police then asked them to leave the scene.
"We were trying to help and they just came and chased us away and they cordoned off the area. We were very upset because we first on the scene and we just trying to help the people inside the plane".
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