Plane crash bodies identified

2011-02-10 14:34

Eight bodies from the aircraft that crashed into the sea near Plettenberg Bay were positively identified today, Western Cape forensics pathology services said.

“Eight of the people who were in the aircraft have been identified from the remains the divers recovered from the sea,” said spokesperson Zolani Zenzile.

“The body that has not been accounted for is that of Italtile chief executive Gianpaolo Ravazzotti. The divers are still busy searching.”

Zenzile said the remains would be transferred to Cape Town on Friday for further scientific analysis.

The plane was travelling from Queenstown to Plettenberg Bay when it crashed while trying to land near the Robberg Nature Reserve in heavy fog on Tuesday.

The others on board were: Gia Celori, Aletsia Krause and Marilize Compion of Italtile, Sava di Bella of Prima Bella Bathroom Accessories, Simon Hirschberg of Grainwave, Jody Jansen van Rensburg of CTM Alberton, pilot Bronwyn Parsons and co-pilot Alison van Staden.

The Civil Aviation Authority has sent investigators to look into the cause of the accident.

The CAA said yesterday that the aircraft, a Pilatus PC12, took off from Queenstown Aerodrome at 3pm on Tuesday and was to have landed at Plettenberg Bay Aerodrome just after 4pm.

“Information at this stage indicates that, shortly after being handed over to the Cape Town radar control, and at approximately five kilometres away from Plettenberg Bay Aerodrome, the aircraft went off radar,” the CAA said.

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