Memorial for plane crash victims

2011-08-21 08:18

Johannesburg - A memorial service for the 13 people who died in a twin aircraft crash near Tzaneen will be held at the Rand Airport at 11:00 on Sunday, said airport officials.

On-site investigations had been completed and a preliminary report was expected within 30 days, SA Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu said on Friday.

"We haven't removed the wreckage yet, it's a complicated exercise. There are a lot of role-players who need to be consulted to help remove the wreckage," she said.

The Albatross aircraft took off from the Tzaneen Airport in Limpopo on Sunday at 10.30 after participating in the Tzaneen air show.

It was headed for Rand Airport in Johannesburg, but did not get there and were reported missing at 13.30.

Bad weather and low cloud conditions hampered a search for the aircraft on Monday. They were found on the Mamotswiri Peak, in the Drakensberg, on Tuesday.

All 13 people on board had died. Their bodies were flown to Pretoria on Wednesday for post mortems.

On board one of the aircraft were: Pilot Brian Gruar and passengers Marrion Anderson, Maddison and Alexandra Doak, Tess Spence, Louise Warden and Kevin Woolacott.

Those on the other aircraft were: Pilot Peter Gildenhuys, and passengers Stuart and Peter van Oldenburg, Frans Dely, Marietjie de Witt, and Linda Pierce.

  • Emil - 2011-08-21 22:00

    Kan niks se nie soos gesien, is erg.

  • pitbull - 2011-08-22 06:53

    There are old pilots but no old bold pilots. RIP

  • Tekwini Durban - 2011-08-22 07:25

    "High Flight" Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air.... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew — And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, - Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (9 June 1922 – 11 December 1941)

  • Nicole Geldenhuys - 2011-08-22 10:31

    Can you please catch a wake up and spell my fathers Name correctly!!! It is Pieter Geldenhuys!!!!

      Beverley - 2011-08-22 11:59

      Nicole we did not know your Father but please accept our sinceress condolences. We lost Brian a brother/brother-in-law/two Grand children/nieces one a God Child, in this terrible accident and we know how you and your father are feeling. We can only pray for God to give us all the strength to get through this. Our prayers go to you and your family. Norman,Beverley & Clinton Gruar & Candice Gruar-Brown

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