Investigations underway into Van Schalkwyk’s plane crash

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 on Tuesday.

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 on Wednesday for examination.

“We will look at all the components of the aircraft such as the engine to determine what could have contributed to the accident,” he stated.

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.

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.

Van Schalkwyk was 58, and leaves behind his wife, Rieth and two children, Nina and Hendri.