Namibian paramedic to be buried with full honours

2015-09-08 21:01
Debris after the Cessna 441 Conquest V5-NRS plane crashed in the Plattekloof area. (File, EMS)

Debris after the Cessna 441 Conquest V5-NRS plane crashed in the Plattekloof area. (File, EMS)

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Johannesburg – The body of the Namibian paramedic killed in an air ambulance crash in Cape Town will likely be released to his family this week, more than three weeks after the accident.

“This is the first time they have given me a time. They are getting the DNA test results tomorrow and then they will repatriate the body," Terence Ward said.

He is the father of Alfred Ward, 24, one of five people killed when an E-Med Rescue 24 plane crashed on the Maastricht Wine Farm in Durbanville on Sunday, August 16.

The Wards have been left in limbo since the accident. Without his body they could not plan his funeral and because they did not have his death certificate, they could not close his accounts.

Ward said they expected to bury him in Swakopmund on Saturday. Emergency services are planning to bury him with full honours, giving him a motorcade and a guard of honour. 

"To have my son buried like that, that is such a great honour," Ward said.

Ward, Gabriel Le Roux, 80, his daughter Charmaine Koortzen, 49, and pilots Steven Naude, 53, and Amore Espag, 23, were killed in the crash. The plane was en route from Oranjemund in Namibia to Cape Town. It was transporting Le Roux, who had sustained a head injury in a fall, to a Cape Town hospital.

The plane had been instructed to fly in a holding pattern due to a radar problem at Cape Town International Airport. Air Traffic and Navigation Services said there had been a "minor technical glitch", which affected departures and arrivals.

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