Meet Cameron Dalziel, the SA pilot who reportedly perished in the Malaysian horror crash

By Kirstin Buick
18 July 2014

Former helicopter rescue pilot Cameron Dalziel (43) was amongst the 298 passengers who died on Flight MH17, according to a report.

Former helicopter rescue pilot Cameron Dalziel (43) was amongst the 298 passengers who died on Flight MH17, Beeld reported this morning.

The plane was allegedly shot down yesterday by a ground-to-air missile while flying over the Ukraine airspace. Cameron, his wife Reine, and their two sons Sheldon (14) and Cruz (4), moved to Miri in Malaysia in December last year, where he worked for CHC Helicopters. Cameron had been sent for training in the Netherlands and was returning on yesterday's Malaysian Airlines flight.

'He lived every day as if it was his last'

According to Cameron's Linked In profile, he managed the day-to-day offshore support to the Shell and Petronas, transported rig crew and personnel out to the rigs and worked with 24-hour emergency operations.

Before that, Cameron worked as a helicopter rescue pilot in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Cameron was larger than life," long-time friend and co-pilot Chris Berlyn told Beeld. "He lived every day as if it was his last. Any pilot accepts that he might die in a plane crash, but to be shot down by terrorists fills one with anger." Social media tributes have poured in for Cameron. Those who knew him hailed him as a great man and father.

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Additional sources: Beeld, news24.com, witness.co.za

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