SA film-maker, pilot die in crash

2013-03-06 09:41
Richard Matthews. (Picture: Facebook)

Richard Matthews. (Picture: Facebook)

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Cape Town - Well-known Cape Town wildlife film-maker Richard Matthews has died in a plane crash in Namibia, it was reported on Wednesday.

He and his pilot Mark Berry died when their small plane crashed while they were filming aerial shots on Sunday, The Cape Times reported.

Contact with them was lost while they were filming for an international documentary, Matthews's business partner Katherina Pechel, told the newspaper.

It was initially assumed this was because there was no signal. However, the two men failed to return to their lodge that night.

Pechel said two search planes found nothing on Monday, but police helicopters spotted the wreckage of the plane at 11:00 on Tuesday.

"It seemed there was a bad fire. There were no survivors. It is a huge shock. We were all thrown by this," she was quoted as saying.

Pechel, Matthews and Joe Kennedy co-owned Table Mountain Films.

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