DRC pilot's remains returned to SA
Published:Sep 10, 2008

The body of the South African pilot killed in a plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been returned to South Africa, airline company CemAir said.

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    Spokeswoman Ina van den Berg said the body of Rudi Knoetze arrived in the country yesterday.

    Knoetze was flying a humanitarian aid plane which crashed into a mountain in the DRC after losing contact with the control tower during a violent storm.

    Knoetze was among 17 people who died in the crash.

    A helicopter yesterday spotted the wreckage of the Beechcraft 1900C, chartered by the United States-based company Air Serv, about 15 kilometres from Bukavu.

    It crashed on a flight from Kinshasa to Mbandaka, Kisangani and Bukavu.

    According to AFP, the victims included a Canadian member of the United Nations Development Programme, an Indian employed by the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Aid, a French national and a national of Congo who worked for Paris-based Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders).

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