UPDATE: E-Med Rescue 24 plane crash victims identified

16 Aug 2015 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 AUG (NAMPA) - The names of the five people who died in an aircraft accident outside Cape Town have been released.
They are the pilot Steven Naude, 53; his 23-year-old co-pilot Amore Espag; Alfred John Ward, 23, who was the paramedic; the 80-year-old patient Gabriel le Roux; and his daughter Charmaine Koortzen, who accompanied her father to Cape Town.
Le Roux was flown from Oranjemund to Cape Town early on Sunday morning after their E-Med Rescue 24 air ambulance left Windhoek at around 02h00.
It arrived at Oranjemund at around 04h00.
The doomed aircraft took off from Oranjemund shortly after 04h00.
Bertus Struwig of E-Med Rescue 24 told Nampa earlier on Sunday that at around 06h00, they were contacted by the South African authorities, who said they had lost contact with the pilots.
The aircraft was supposed to land at around 06h00 at the Cape Town International Airport around 06h00.
“It was then that we mobilised the search and rescue unit from Cape Town and shortly after 07h00 they confirmed that they found the wreck of the aircraft,” Struwig told this news agency.
It is not yet clear what caused the accident. South African media earlier reported that the radar network, which guides aircrafts, was out of order.
There were also reports from South Africa that the SA airports authority reportedly informed the pilot that the radar network was off and requested the pilot to do an instrument landing under difficult weather conditions.
Meanwhile, South African aircraft accident investigators are at the scene to try and establish the cause of the accident.
The aircraft went down about seven kilometres from the Cape Town Airport, while it was busy preparing to land.
It crashed in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
(NAMPA)
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