Cape Town - Fire and rescue services called out to a veld fire near Melkbosstrand did not realise it had been started by a crashed gyrocopter until they found the plane’s wreckage and the pilot’s charred body.
The light aircraft crashed on the farm Blaauwberg between the Old Mamre-Darling road and the R27.
The pilot, said to have died on impact and burnt beyond recognition, is thought to have taken off from the nearby Morningstar Flight Academy.
Late on Tuesday, Civil Aviation Authority investigators were scouring the crash site for clues as to the cause.
Farm owner Seymour Currie said he and his brother-in-law Claude Cumley had seen the gyrocopter looping around the area earlier in the day.