Hilton light aircraft crash victims named

A photo posted on Stephen O’ Hara's Facebook page.
A photo posted on Stephen O’ Hara's Facebook page.

The two men who died when their aircraft crashed in Hilton on Saturday afternoon are Stephen O’ Hara (58) and Gerald Cross (60).

Both men are believed to have been from Durban.

According to his Facebook page, O’ Hara was the national operations manager of NileDutch South Africa’s Durban office. He is believed to have been the pilot.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said on Sunday that an inquest docket has been opened and that the circumstances around the incident are being investigated.

The crash took place off the D534 which is on Hilton Avenue towards Hilton College.

The crash is being investigated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

Its spokesperson, Kabelo Ledwaba, said that reports indicate that the aircraft crashed moments after take-off. The aeroplane, which is a Bushbaby light sports aircraft , had taken-off from Eva’s Field, an airstrip in Hilton, and was heading for Umkomaas Airfield, at the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, he said.

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