CEO of top game reserve killed in chopper crash

2013-04-23 18:27
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Cape Town - One of the occupants of the helicopter which crashed n Mpumalanga on Tuesday has been identified as Nick More, the CEO of Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands, a report said.

According to the Lowvelder website, More, who owned the aircraft, had been piloting the helicopter when it crashed, killing all four occupants.

The three passengers have been identified as Pierre de Villiers, Lance Cooper and Elmarie Martens, the website said.

More departed from Nelspruit Airfield at 06:30 and collected passengers at Casterbridge near White River, before departing for Grand Central Airport in Gauteng, where he was expected to arrive around 08:00, according to Lowvelder.

When the helicopter failed to arrive, More’s secretary notified his wife, who contacted his flight instructor Roger Mortlock for assistance, the report said.

It said that Mortlock traced the phone’s location via GPS and found the wreckage at the farm Sondagskraal, about 4km from the N4 highway about 11:45.

It is thought that the accident occurred around 07:00.

More had co-founded the Lion Sands business with his brother brother Rob, and also created a second, more luxurious establishment, Ivory Lodge, which was named third-best hotel in the world by Tatler magazine in 2006, Lowvelder said.
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