10 March 2014

Africa: One Africa Founder Dies in Plane Crash

ONE Africa Television founder and group chairman, Paul van Schalkwyk has died in a plane crash.

He was 58.

Aircraft Accident Investigation director Captain Erikson Nengola, who confirmed the crash, said the award-winning photographer and businessman died on Saturday afternoon just 75km from the Ondangwa airport near the Etosha National Park.

"The plane left the Eros Airport at around 12h59 on Saturday afternoon, he never arrived at Ongava and a search and rescue operation was launched on Sunday evening," said Nengola.

Nengola said that the wreckage of the crash was discovered this morning and the cause of the accident is still to be determined. "We are currently investigating as we do not know what might have caused the aircraft to crash," he said.

Van Schalkwyk, who is a celebrated photographer and filmmaker in Namibia, is renowned for his work both locally and internationally, having received more than 50 awards for his photography work.

Correction: We initially stated that the accident occurred on Sunday. Aircraft Accident Investigation director Captain Erikson Nengola now confirmed that it happened on Saturday.

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