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Plane crash victim identified

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
The man who died in the light aircraft that crashed and burst into flames in Mazabuka on Thursday has been identified as a South African.
Southern Province commissioner of police Mary Chikwanda and Geotech Aviation South Africa, the company he used to work for, both named the victim as Michael O’Donnell, 41.
Ms Chikwanda said in an interview yesterday that the cause of the accident remains unknown, but investigations into the matter have been intensified.
“A team from the civil aviation department is currently at the scene for further investigations,” she said.
And Geotech Airborne Limited chief executive officer Craig Siepm said in a statement yesterday that the AS350B3 registration number ZS-HTS belonging to his company was on its way from Ndola to South Africa through Livingstone when the accident happened.
Mr Siepm said Mr O’Donnell was alone on the plane, which crashed around 13:00 hours.
“The Department of Civil Aviation in Zambia, in conjunction with the South African Civil Aviation Authority, is carrying out investigations into the matter,” he said.
Mr Siepm said the company has sent its deepest condolences to Mr O’Donnell’s family.
The seven-seater fixed wing plane crashed at Ekushiya Farm belonging to Zambian commercial farmer Guy Robinson.

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