South Africa: South African killed in Malaysia Airlines tragedy

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African helicopter pilot Cameron Dalziel was one of the victims of the horrific Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash on Thursday.

Nicky Bromley, a close family friend of the deceased, confirmed to PANA that Dalzel was on the ill-fated flight which was allegedly shot down over Ukraine on Thursday by a surface-to-air missile.

“Words can't describe the enormity of the loss of Cameron. Our world has been shattered,” Bromley said.

The Ukrainian government, as well as pro-Russian separatists fighting the government, have denied any responsibility for the alleged attack on the aircraft that was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Durban-born Dalziel had been working for CHC Helicopters in Malaysia for the past year.

He provided offshore support to the Shell and Petronas, transporting rig crew and personnel out to the rigs as well as 24-hour emergency operations. He was married with two children.

South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation on Friday said Dalzel was travelling on a foreign passport.

“Our mission in Kuala Lumpur informed us that amongst the passengers no one was travelling with a South African passport,” said department spokesman Nelson Kgwete said.

Kgwete said South Africa was ready to assist where it could.
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18 july 2014 11:07:56

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