Memorial for plane crash victims

2011-08-21 08:18
Johannesburg - A memorial service for the 13 people who died in a twin aircraft crash near Tzaneen will be held at the Rand Airport at 11:00 on Sunday, said airport officials.

On-site investigations had been completed and a preliminary report was expected within 30 days, SA Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu said on Friday.

"We haven't removed the wreckage yet, it's a complicated exercise. There are a lot of role-players who need to be consulted to help remove the wreckage," she said.

The Albatross aircraft took off from the Tzaneen Airport in Limpopo on Sunday at 10.30 after participating in the Tzaneen air show.

It was headed for Rand Airport in Johannesburg, but did not get there and were reported missing at 13.30.

Bad weather and low cloud conditions hampered a search for the aircraft on Monday. They were found on the Mamotswiri Peak, in the Drakensberg, on Tuesday.

All 13 people on board had died. Their bodies were flown to Pretoria on Wednesday for post mortems.

On board one of the aircraft were: Pilot Brian Gruar and passengers Marrion Anderson, Maddison and Alexandra Doak, Tess Spence, Louise Warden and Kevin Woolacott.

Those on the other aircraft were: Pilot Peter Gildenhuys, and passengers Stuart and Peter van Oldenburg, Frans Dely, Marietjie de Witt, and Linda Pierce.

- SAPA
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