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Tourist wants R24m after SA chopper crash

2013-04-10 09:07

Pretoria - An Argentinean tourist who was seriously injured in a helicopter crash in South Africa in 2010 is suing the pilot and owner of the chopper.

Lola Marlen Schilling, 27, was left with severe brain damage and is claiming more than R24m from Robin Garmany, reported the Pretoria News.

Garmany, a Sandton businessman, was the father of Schilling’s boyfriend at the time, a man she had met in Argentina.

Garmany took her sight-seeing around the country in his helicopter and en route to Maputo in Mozambique, something went wrong and the helicopter crashed on a farm.

Schilling claims Garmany took off before checking the weather conditions and did not land the helicopter before they hit mist and low clouds. Schilling claims he didn’t have the experience to fly in those conditions.

She suffered a skull base fracture and was in a coma for several weeks, fracturing several vertebrae, her hip and ribs as well as sustaining a laceration to her liver.

She also has no memory of the accident or anything “in her whole life, up to the time of the accident”.

She spent several months in a wheelchair upon her return to Argentina and needs to undergo several surgical procedures in future.

Her mother, Maria Angiorama, said her daughter’s personality had changed and said when she woke up from the coma after 5 weeks, “she was a happy girl, but she also had the voice of a child”.   

Garmany denies any wrongdoing.

Comments
  • Bontle Gape - 2013-04-10 09:18

    Lola Marlen Schilling, 27, was left with severe brain damage and he knows how to sue;is it possible?

      Leroy Reynolds - 2013-04-10 09:32

      she?

      Beverley Bedggood - 2013-04-10 10:27

      Ummmmm, her whole family were not in the helicopter Bontle, her mother is quite capable of suing on her behalf, and rest assured so would I if it was my daughter and there was cause.

  • Wendy Nezar Schmidt - 2013-04-10 09:30

    If Schilling knew the weather conditions weren't good and that the pilot had no experience, why did she choose to fly with him?

  • Belatu - 2013-04-10 09:31

    "She also has no memory of the accident or anything in her whole life, up to the time of the accident”. but she can remember that the Pilot did not check weather conditions, and that they flew into cloud and mist and that there was an opportunity to land before the weather set in?

      beverly.young3 - 2013-04-10 21:13

      All sound very strange to me. So sad about the daughter. Pity it all comes down to money. Such a tragic situation.

  • Bongani Nsele - 2013-04-10 09:32

    who cares

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-04-10 09:43

    Did you insure yourself before taking to the skies. Sorry that you have been injured, but you willingly got into the chopper.

      Boyisile Yawa - 2013-04-10 10:40

      If i willingly get it to your car and you drive reckless and cause an accident. will that be my fault?

  • Olivia Bell - 2013-04-10 09:44

    This report is so badly written, nothing makes sense!

      Foc Us - 2013-04-10 10:27

      Ditto Olivia and yet people dont READ it properly anyway .... I think lots of people that comment here ... read the headline and scan through the lines and run like hell to type a comment to see if they can be first and how many thumbs up or down they get ....

      Gerrit Van Heerden - 2013-04-10 10:38

      Agreed! Trying to make sense of this, a man she had met in Argentina at the time makes it sound as if she was the daughter of Garman??

  • Bruce Sahli - 2013-04-10 09:49

    Rip off artist/artists,she must thank GOD she is alive, I talk from experience!

      Foc Us - 2013-04-10 10:28

      Oh please ... go put on your pants!

  • Clement Mkololo - 2013-04-10 09:53

    Lolest eh m laughing like mawande, "severe brain damage, don't remember anytin of her past, claims he took off before checking the weather", bt she remember part of the event, thus checking weather, who is fooling who here, quick rich scheme?

  • John Silver - 2013-04-10 10:17

    Gerald - there will also be a CAA investigation, in detail about what happened that day. This is not difficult to follow or comprehend.

      Gerald Beer - 2013-04-10 10:44

      John, read my comment. If someone has no memory, how can you claim he did not check weather conditions etc. It has nothing to do with the cause of accident which she can't remember either.

  • Tamlin Van Heerver - 2013-04-10 10:30

    Good, if the pilot flew illegally and broke the law which led to this accident & this persons brain damage the go for it. This cowboy lawlessness in the aviation sector needs to stop!

  • Tshepiso Mokgojoa - 2013-04-10 10:35

    I can already identify some bad reporting on this story, because its not making sense at all.

  • Mokgadi M Masete - 2013-04-10 10:44

    Schilling claims he didn’t have the experience to fly in those conditions. She gambled with her own safety. What happened was unfortunate and NOT planned.

  • Puleng Mabuya - 2013-04-10 11:38

    money.imali.nyuku.chelete.parcela.panyula....

  • Sunshiny Day - 2013-04-10 11:44

    Hmmm..... I just wonder how she can miraculously remember the events leading up to the crash, yet cannot remember the rest of her life. It just seems a little odd to me. I completely agree with others who have said this.

  • Neil Alan White - 2013-04-10 18:14

    amazing how she remembers all this. she has no recollection up to the time of the accident yet she knows he didnt check the weather conditions before they took off. interesting

  • Gerrit Goosen - 2013-04-10 19:45

    I suppose they not a couple anymore

  • Karen Tarbett Hawkey - 2013-04-11 08:50

    Either bad reporting, once again, or she definitely has no possibility of winning such a case. 'She also has no memory of the accident or anything “in her whole life, up to the time of the accident”. ' and just before that 'Schilling claims Garmany took off before checking the weather conditions and did not land the helicopter before they hit mist and low clouds. Schilling claims he didn’t have the experience to fly in those conditions.' How can she make such claims if she has no memory of anything leading up to the accident?!?

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