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24 August 2011

Search for two missing light aircraft in the Tzaneen area ( 14 August 2011)


The SAWDIS received great support from many roll players in keeping the public informed of how the search and rescue mission unfolded in search for the missing two Albatross light aircraft that went missing in the Tzaneen area.  The SAWDIS would like to take this opportunity to once again express it's gratitude towards the following people and organizations:

  1. AVCOM
  2. Santjie White (Aeronautical Search and Rescue)
  3. Alan Hobson ORRU 
  4. The Off Road Rescue Unit (ORRU)  
  5. Eumetsat (Weather Satellite Images)
  6. Ben Engelbrecht (Weather Satellite Images)
  7. Nic Cronje (Weather Satellite Images)
  8. U.S. National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) (Weather Predictions)
  9. SA Air Force
  10. Mopani Disaster Management: Tzaneen
  11. Johnny Smith  (Aeronautical Search and Rescue)
  12. Mountain Club of SA
  13. SAPS Airwing
  14. South African Civil Aviation Authority
  15. Mr Thwala, Director of Civil Aviation 
  16. Tzaneen Airport Officials
  17. Tzaneen Fire Station Officials
  18. Rand Airport Officials
  19. Members of the Public
  20. All other volunteers
The SAWDIS would like to apologize for not being able to provide a wider coverage on the SAWDIS Blog but due to other commitments I had to leave for Cape Town early in the morning when the wreckage of both aircraft were found.  It was further unfortunate that misinformation was spread by radio stations and news papers earlier that both aircraft were found when this was indeed not the case.

Once again the SAWDIS would like to express condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and a big thank you to all the roll players that assisted in the search and rescue of the two aircraft.

Johan Terblanche
Founder: SA Weather and Disaster Information Service
24 August 2011