SA man killed on Flight MH17 - report

2014-07-18 08:50
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Flight MH17 crash site

Crash site of fight MH17, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 shot down over Ukraine.

Johannesburg - A South African helicopter pilot was one of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash on Thursday, according to a report.

Beeld named the victim as Cameron Dalziel, 43. He was married and had two sons, aged 14 and 4.

According to Beeld, Dalziel moved to Malaysia last year to take up a position with CHC Helicopters.

His Linked In profile states that he started working at the company in October 2013. His job description was listed as: "Manager of day to day offshore support to the Shell and Petronas, transporting rig crew and personnel out to the rigs as well as 24 hr emergency operations."

He had worked for many years as a rescue helicopter pilot in KwaZulu-Natal before working for CHC in Mozambique.

A close friend and co-pilot told Beeld that Dalziel was larger than life, and lived each day as if it was his last.

The friend said he was outraged by the way in which the plane was shot down.

The Boeing 777 was apparently downed while flying over separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board. Ukraine has accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the plane.

Dalziel was reportedly in the Netherlands for training and was on his way back to Malaysia when the plane went down over eastern Ukraine.

There has been no official confirmation from South African authorities that a South African was on board the plane. A list of the nationalities of passengers released by Malaysia Airlines did not include South Africa. However, Jacaranda FM tweeted that Dalziel may have been travelling on a different passport.

Dalziel's brother-in-law confirmed to EWN that he was on the plane.

Meanwhile, tributes are pouring in for Dalziel on social media.

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