Tourist wants R24m after SA chopper crash

2013-04-10 09:07

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Pretoria - An Argentinean tourist who was seriously injured in a helicopter crash in South Africa in 2010 is suing the pilot and owner of the chopper.

Lola Marlen Schilling, 27, was left with severe brain damage and is claiming more than R24m from Robin Garmany, reported the Pretoria News.

Garmany, a Sandton businessman, was the father of Schilling’s boyfriend at the time, a man she had met in Argentina.

Garmany took her sight-seeing around the country in his helicopter and en route to Maputo in Mozambique, something went wrong and the helicopter crashed on a farm.

Schilling claims Garmany took off before checking the weather conditions and did not land the helicopter before they hit mist and low clouds. Schilling claims he didn’t have the experience to fly in those conditions.

She suffered a skull base fracture and was in a coma for several weeks, fracturing several vertebrae, her hip and ribs as well as sustaining a laceration to her liver.

She also has no memory of the accident or anything “in her whole life, up to the time of the accident”.

She spent several months in a wheelchair upon her return to Argentina and needs to undergo several surgical procedures in future.

Her mother, Maria Angiorama, said her daughter’s personality had changed and said when she woke up from the coma after 5 weeks, “she was a happy girl, but she also had the voice of a child”.   

Garmany denies any wrongdoing.

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