Husband devastated after wife dies in plane crash with her boyfriend

By admin
29 August 2016

“My heart died with her in that accident,” the heartbroken husband says.

Manna Delport is devastated after the death of his estranged wife.

Candice (27), her boyfriend and his cousin perished on Saturday after the small plane in which they were travelling crashed on the farm Doringkop, between Machadodorp and Carolina in Mpumalanga, Netwerk24 reported.

The plane, a four-seater Cessna, belonged to Candice's partner, Herklaas Smith, who was flying the aircraft at the time, according to News24.

Ernst Labushagne, Herklaas's cousin, was also killed.

Manna, a banana farmer from Komatipoort, said he was inconsolable after Candice's death.

“I have lost the love of my life,” the 30 year old, who has a three-year-old daughter with Candice, told the Afrikaans news outlet. “My heart died with her in that accident.”

The couple were still married, but Candice had been living with her parents at the time.

“I worked long hours and that was when the relationship between Candice and Herklaas started,” Manna explained.

In a heartrending post on Facebook, Manna poured out his heart about his loss. "You stole my heart from the moment I saw you. You made me a true believer of love at first sight and every single time I saw you the love just grew, even if I just blinked my eyes. "As you now made your way to heaven, just know that you were the most loved woman on the face of the earth. "I will raise our child to the best of my ability,but I will never be able to fill you shoes!" "It is so unfair how life goes....and ends. I will forever be proud to call you my wife!"

Netwerk24 spoke to a source who claims to have flown with Herklaas before and described him as "a cowboy" in the air.

The plane crashed shortly after it took off, the SA Police Service said in a statement.

"Two of [the victims] are burnt beyond recognition, except for one whose upper body is still identifiable."

"The Civil Aviation officials were on the scene to investigate the caus of the crash and the police have opened an inquest."

Sources: Netwerk24, News24, EWN

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