New bid for Helderberg crash answers

2012-11-29 07:16
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - The son of a Helberberg plane crash victim wants to approach the Constitutional Court in a bid to get answers about the disaster, SABC news reported on Wednesday.

Peter Otzen was a passenger on SAA Flight 295 that crashed into the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Mauritius on 28 November 1987. All 159 people on board the Boeing 747 were killed.

Otzen's son and namesake was born 10 days after the crash. Now his son wants more answers.

At the time of the disaster, there was an arms embargo against apartheid South Africa. It was speculated the fire was caused by an illegal consignment of ammunition in the cargo hold.

Otzen's lawyer, advocate Paul Hoffman, told the broadcaster they had sent a letter to President Jacob Zuma a while ago requesting a new inquiry. They received no response.

Otzen wanted to approach the highest court in the land in the hope of unravelling the mysteries surrounding the crash.

The flight from Taipei via Mauritius, to the then Jan Smuts Airport, went off the radar 240km off the Mauritian coast.

Seventy-one South Africans were among the dead. The crash was probed twice.

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