Plane crash victim grew up in PMB

2008-10-07 00:00

A former Pietermaritzburg nurse was one of the eight members of two families killed in a plane crash in Barberton, Mpumalanga, on Sunday.

Tracy Grant (39), daughter of former Linpark High headmaster Hylton Johnstone, was killed in the accident together with her husband Craig (44), and their two children, Cameron (13) and Samantha (11).

The Grants’ friends, the Cowards — businessman Glen (42), the head of the CNS Group, his wife Helena (45) and their children, Davydd (13) and Richard (11), were also killed, as was the pilot, Nico Nel (21).

The plane belonged to Glen Coward.

The two families were travelling to Bloemfontein after a holiday in Mozambique.

Tracy’s sister, Lynne Garnham, said her family went through 24 hours of pain after the plane was reported missing on Sunday evening. “On Monday, search-and-rescue teams informed us that they had spotted the wreckage and we knew.”

Tracy grew up in the Montrose area and went to Carter High. She later trained as a nurse at Grey’s Hospital.

Garnham said the family are drawing strength from their faith. “It has been very hard for the family. This is a massive loss … the children are my parents’ first grandchildren.”

Johnstone said the family wants to accept the accident as the will of God.

On Monday, October 20, the Johnstone family hopes to have a service at the Durban North Baptist Church. On Thursday the Grant family will hold another service at a Bloemfontein Methodist church.

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