Former Durban pilot one of passengers killed on Flight MH17

2014-07-18 00:00

FORMER Durban helicopter rescue pilot Cameron Dalziel (43), was one of the passengers killed on Flight MH17 which was allegedly shot down yesterday by a ground-to-air missile. The plane went down over the Ukraine airspace.

“Cameron was larger than life. He lived every day as if it was his last. Any pilot accepts that he might die in a plane crash, but to be shot down by terrorists fills one with anger,” long-time friend and co-pilot Chris Berlyn said this morning.

Dalziel, his wife Reine, and their two sons Sheldon (14) and Cruz (4), moved to Miri in Malaysia in December last year, where he worked for CHC Helicopters.

According to Berlyn, the family is shattered. Dalziel was in the Netherlands for training and was on his way home when the plane was allegedly shot down.

His friends have paid tribute to their friend “who always had a smile on his face”.

“He never had a bad thing to say about anyody,” said Berlyn.

Dalziel worked for many years as a helicopter rescue pilot in KwaZulu-Natal before joining CHC in Mozambique.

He also flew for Starlite-helikopters in Durban. He spent a lot of his free time doing graphic design and drawing cartoons.

**Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry, claims that a Malaysia-bound civilian aircraft was "shot down" over Ukraine by "terrorists" operating a Buk surface-to-air missile system.

According to the BBC, the rebels have denied this.

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