South African pilot and German family of four die in Namibian aircraft crash
Five people, four tourists and a pilot lost their lives at noon when a Scenic Air charter aircraft went down on Tuesday, 30 August 2022. Namibia’s Ministry of Works and Transport says it is investigating what caused the six-seater Cessna 210 to crash shortly after take-off, killing all five people on board. “There were four occupants plus a pilot and all died on impact,” Inspector Elifas Kuwinga said. Police and divers were deployed at the scene where pieces of the light aircraft are scattered along the river and banks.
Chief Inspector Elifas Kuwinga, spokesperson of the Namibian police noted that the identities of the crash victims will be released in due time.
Ministry spokesperson Julius Ngweda told Voice of America that the plane belonged to a local company, Scenic Air but he could provide no further details.
The deceased were later identified as Nicole Mienie from South Africa and Thomas Rings, Dr Evelyn Rings, Alicia Rings and Paulina Rings. The youngest victim, Paulina, was just 17.
Scenic Air managing director Michael Bottger said in a press release that the cause of the crash was not known.
“Everyone at Scenic Air is devastated by this tragic event,” read the release, “and our deep and heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones.”
The island is in the Kavango-Zambezi Game Reserve, a unique ecological site that also extends into Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Toska Sem, the executive director of the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) stated that the ministry of works and transport will be involved in carrying out an investigation into the causes of the accident.
Sources: Informanté, IOL