South Africa to Ukraine

By Drum Digital
24 July 2014

Dalziel said the support he and his family had received was overwhelming, even from strangers.

A team has left South Africa to identify the body of a South African pilot killed when flight MH17 crashed in the Ukraine.

Campbell Dalziel, the brother of Cameron Dalziel who was killed in the crash, said he believed the team would be going to the Netherlands where the remains of those killed were taken.

"The British foreign office have been good and the Canadian Helicopter Corporation for whom my brother worked have been good," he said.

"Also the SA deputy director of consular services Alfred Brown and Brigadier Helena Ras, of the SA Victim Identification Centre. She's a friend and she's assisted with the DNA swab of my mother and father."

Ras also took ID documents.

"She's going there with all the documents, and dental records, and they are going to do the investigation and ID the body."

"The whole situation is a senseless act. My brother was a passenger and he was a passenger with over 200 people on that flight," he said.

"Unfortunately, I don't know other people's families and I'm sure others are sharing what we are going through. There are tears and too many words."

He said a memorial for Cameron would likely be held next week at Virginia airport in the Free State.

"Our condolences to the rest of the families. We know what they are going through and we are just sorry this has taken place."

- SAPA

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