Plane crash examinations start

13 Mar 2014 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) - Parts of the wreckage of aircraft V5-PVS in which One Africa Television founder and group chairman Paul van Schalkwyk died, have arrived in the capital for investigation.
The Director of Aircraft Accident Investigations, Ericksson Nengola told Nampa upon enquiry on Thursday he cannot disclose how long the investigation will take.
“At this stage, I cannot say how long investigations will take. We have to gather everything and see which parts of the examinations can be done in Namibia. If not, we might have to dispatch some of the wreckage to overseas or neighbouring countries that have the capacities to do so,” he stressed.
The crash occurred near the Etosha National Park on Saturday. Van Schalkwyk was on a scenic flight from the Eros airport to the Ongava Lodge, but the aircraft did not arrive at Ongava as planned.
The search to locate the aircraft was launched by the Ministry of Works and Transport late on Sunday evening.
Messages of condolence and tributes to Van Schalkwyk have been pouring in on social media since news of his death became public.
A legendary photographer and filmmaker, he had received more than 50 awards, both locally and internationally for his work as photographer, cinematographer, director and writer.
His wildlife films have been broadcast on National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and other television channels around the globe, and his photographs were also published regularly in local and international magazines.
A memorial service is slated for Monday at 16h00 at the Eros Airport in Windhoek.
Van Schalkwyk was 58, and leaves behind his wife, Rieth and two children, Nina and Henri.