Pilot dies in Etosha plane crash

WINDHOEK: Investigators were on Monday trying to determine what caused the fatal accident involving aircraft V5-PVS in the Etosha National Park on Saturday.

The Director of Aircraft Accident Investigation, Erikson Nengola told Nampa the wreckage of the plane was only spotted on Monday morning.

“Unfortunately, there was no survivor. The Directorate of Aircraft Accident Investigation has started with the official investigation to establish the cause of the tragic accident,” he said.

The aircraft was on a scenic flight from Eros Airport to Ongava Lodge with the pilot as its sole occupant. 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, according to Nengola.

Although Nampa could not obtain official confirmation, the news agency understands that the deceased is One Africa Television founder and group chairman Paul van Schalkwyk.

Messages of condolences for Van Schalkwyk today continued to pour in on social media.

He was one of the most acclaimed photographers in Namibia.

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