All bodies retrieved from South Africa’s chopper crash site

May 19th, 2009 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Pretoria, May 19 (IANS) The bodies of all three South African Air Force pilots have been retrieved following a massive search operation in the Woodstock Dam area in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province where their aircraft crashed a week ago, officials said Tuesday.
The pilots were onboard an Agusta A109 helicopter when it crashed in the area last Tuesday.

The aircraft plunged into the Woodstock dam due to a mechanical failure in the plane, BuaNews said citing officials.

The body of captain Bongani Mdluli, 34, was found last Thursday, while two remaining bodies were found last Saturday.

The local residents have helped the search teams locate the bodies, the report said.

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