Citizen Reporter
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18 Jul 2014
11:53 am

SA pilot feared dead on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Citizen Reporter

Reports that claim a South African helicopter pilot died in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  crash in eastern Ukraine yesterday have yet to be confirmed by government.

The head of Ukraine's air traffic control agency said Thursday (17 July 2014) that the crew of the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in the separatist east had reported no problems during flight. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET

Media reports this morning suggested Cameron Dalziel, 43, was travelling with a Malaysian passport and thus not considered a South African citizen.

The department of international relations said on Friday morning it was still waiting for a report on the Malaysia Airlines plane that went down in Ukraine to see if any South Africans were on board.

It was believed that Dalziel and his family moved to Malaysia in 2013 where he worked for CHC Helicopters.

Cameron’s LinkedIn profile indicated that had he managed the day-to-day offshore support to the Shell and Petronas, transported rig crew and personnel out to the rigs and worked with 24-hour emergency operations.

Prior to this position, Dalziel worked as a helicopter rescue pilot in KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal Rescuetech volunteer paramedic Mark Easton, who met Dalziel when he underwent his Emergency Medical Assistance course described him as an upstanding guy and one of the best pilots he had ever worked with, according to the Berea Mail.

Easton said Dalziel was an integral part of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in KZN.

Reports suggested that Dalziel had been on his way back home to Malaysia after undergoing training in the Netherlands.

The Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 298 people travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine late yesterday afternoon.

Social media posts by pro-Russian insurgents — most of them hastily removed — suggest the rebels thought they had shot down a Ukrainian army plane before realising in horror that it was in fact a packed Malaysian airliner, AFP reported.

Rebel Donetsk prime minister Oleksandr Borodai however told Russian media that his units did not have equipment capable of reaching the cruising altitude of a Boeing.