Saturday, September 23, 2006

Pilot already dead when found


By Odette Ismail
23 September 2006


The pilot, who died in the aircraft crash into Table Bay off Milnerton yesterday, was the only occupant of the plane.

According to Independent Online, spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Craig Lambinon said that by the time paramedics found his body, he had already died. The pilot’s family needs to be notified before his name can be released.

The pilot took off from Air force Base Ysterplaat in a two-seater aircraft, owned privately by a Czech-owned built Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin jet trainer. He was part of team formation flight.

The aircraft was managed by the Sasol Tiger formation aerobatic team.

South Africa Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu conceded that a investigation will take place to find out the cause of the crash.

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