Gyrocopter pilot dies after crashing near Patensie

A gyrocopter pilot, who sustained serious injuries after his aircraft crashed on a farm in the Patensie area on Friday afternoon, has died.


Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer, Gerda Swart, says 23-year-old Marco Martino from France was reportedly busy dropping coddling moths into a field as part of a pest control problem when the gyrocopter crashed and caught alight.

She says he was airlifted to a hospital in Port Elizabeth.

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It’s understood that Martino sustained burns wounds over 90 percent of his body.

Swart says he passed away on Saturday morning, shortly after midnight.