Helicopter crash victims remembered

2016-08-25 06:00
Photo: supplied A fire department truck, the late Theo Roos’s fixed wing aircraft and a Maser helicopter take part in a co-ordinated formation.

Photo: supplied A fire department truck, the late Theo Roos’s fixed wing aircraft and a Maser helicopter take part in a co-ordinated formation.

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ON Saturday the Margate Light Plane Club, the management of the Margate Airport and the fire brigade held a wake for Gordon Gray, Theo Roos, Braam Swanepoel and his son Bramie, who died in a helicopter crash on 3 August.
The accident happened when Braam’s helicopter crashed in the Msikaba Gorge near Port St Johns.

With the rain beating down on Saturday morning, it did not seem possible for the planes to take off to do the farewell formation, but the skies suddenly opened at midday and the rain stopped and everything happened as planned.

Russel McKenzie with Antya and Zian Roos on board, parked Theo’s plane to allow the fire brigade to do the last salute. A Maser helicopter flew by, dropping rose petals.
It was a sad event, but necessary as the widows­, family and friends felt the wake gave closure to the tragic accident.
- Supplied.

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