Investigation into aircraft accident in which One Africa Television founder and group chairman died underway

WINDHOEK: An investigation into the aircraft accident in which One Africa Television founder and group chairman Paul van Schalkwyk died near the Etosha National Park, is underway.

Van Schalkwyk piloted the aircraft V5-PVS on Saturday, and was the sole occupant of the plane which crashed next to the park, according to information obtained from the head of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations’ Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi yesterday.

The Director of Aircraft Accident Investigations, Ericksson Nengola also told Nampa today that investigators have recovered the wreckage from the park, and it will arrive at the Eros airport today for examination.

They will look at all the components of the aircraft such as the engine to determine what could have contributed to the accident.

The aircraft was on a scenic flight from the Eros airport to the Ongava Lodge, but 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.

SOURCE: NAMPA