Missing plane: Call for volunteers

2012-11-07 09:50

Johannesburg - Friends and family of two South African men whose plane went missing in Mozambique more than 10 days ago, have called for volunteers to help search for them, it was reported on Wednesday.

Mozambican authorities have called off the search for the Beechcraft 58, which was last heard from around Mozambique's province of Tete, reported Beeld newspaper.

Bryan Simms, 60, of Midrand, Johannesburg, and his son, Rob, 22, have been missing since October 27.

They were travelling from Malawi to Lanseria airport, north of Johannesburg, and were last heard from when the plane was near Beira, in Mozambique.

Shortly before the plane went missing, Simms senior said in a radio message that he had problems with one of the engines.

Beeld reported that their friends and family had called on any volunteers with access to satellite pictures and other technology to contact them.

"Everyone who wants to help, can contact us at," said Dane du Plooy, who is part of the group searching for the men.

"We can't just stop looking for them," Du Plooy told the newspaper.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-07 10:01

    This is truly a sad story I feel for the family and friends!! I wish there was some way I could help if it was within my means I would help in a flash!!! I've been thinking about father and son since the story broke!! I hope you get the help you need and that your loved ones are found!!!

  • paul.davids.923 - 2012-11-07 10:04

    tragic !!

  • kevin.vanblerk - 2012-11-07 10:44

    "We can't just stop looking for them," Du Plooy told the newspaper - Like

  • bongani.spalla - 2012-11-07 10:52

    its so sad, we will pray to our God make a solution.i wish,i can help

  • robert.warriner - 2012-11-07 11:05

    Its time for these two to come home! Friends and family miss them terribly! God speed to the SandR!

  • nmunyai - 2012-11-07 11:30

    Sad... Hope they r found.... Alive....

  • judy.pretorius2 - 2012-11-07 21:15

    It is so sad, Francois ZS6COI and myself Judy ZS6JDY was sent there by HAMNET Ekurhuleni Disaster Management to give emergency communication from the Beira airport back to OR Tambo. We went there on tuesday morning till saturday afternoon and in that time nothing was found, unfortunatly the search were called of and we had to come back to SA. I feel so sorry for the family cause even though I'm not family I would love to get some closure on it cause I was so closely involved with the search operation. We pray for the family that they will find them. You all are in our prayers. Also wish we could have stayed longer till they are found but it was taken out of our hands

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