3 from SA killed in Libya crash

2010-05-12 16:44

The brother of a DA MP and a current and a former employee of SA’s

Global Aviation and his wife were among the passengers who died on an Afriqiyah

Airways Airbus which crashed in Libya this morning.

DA spokesperson Ross van der Linde said Anchen Dreyer’s brother had

died when the plane crashed as it was about to land in Tripoli – at the end of

its flight from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.

Global Aviation chief executive officer Johan Kuit said the company

was shocked to learn of the deaths of cabin crew trainer Cathy Tillett and

Norbert Taferner, retired manager for their Tripoli office, and his wife,

Paula.

“Norbert used to be with the Civil Aviation Authority and started

with Global in 2005. Both are born and bred industry people, with jet A1 fuel

flowing in their veins,” Kuit said.

Tillett, who had been on her way to Tripoli to do cabin crew

training for another airline there, was well known and liked throughout the

industry, he said.

The Taferners were on a personal visit to the North African

capital.

South African authorities were still trying to verify the passenger

list before providing further information on how many South Africans were

aboard. Agencies reported that 61 Dutch people were killed in the crash.

A small boy is believed to be only survivor, although a statement

issued by the airline earlier said “casualties” had been taken to

hospitals.

International relations department spokeswoman Nomfanelo Kota said

they were struggling to get the passenger list as it was with Libyan

authorities, and until they had done their own checks, they didn’t want to rush

into saying how many South Africans were on board.

Ninety-three passengers and 11 crew were on board the plane.
 

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