Johannesburg - The man killed when his light aircraft crashed near Swellendam has been identified as 45-year-old Joos Boonekamp, SABC news reported on Sunday.

Overberg disaster manager, Reinardt Geldenhuys, told the broadcaster the SA Civil Aviation Authority would to establish whether mechanical failure was to blame for the crash.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said the plane went down near the Infanta airstrip shortly after take off on Saturday afternoon.

The NSRI, police, Western Cape emergency management services and municipal fire and rescue services were notified of the crash around 1.15pm, spokesman Craig Lambinon said.

“It is suspected, from reports, that the accident happened shortly after the light aircraft became airborne from the airfield. It is believed that only the pilot was in the airplane at the time of the accident,” said Lambinon. - Sapa