The wreckage of an ultralight aircraft, on which DA Deputy leader in North West, Petro Nel, was travelling, has been found in Nepal. This comes after the aircraft went missing in the Himalayan mountain range on October 8 last year. Nel was on a sightseeing flight with a Russian pilot went the aircraft went missing. DA Member of Parliament who is close to Nel’s family, Chris Hattingh, says they received photos a few weeks ago of what is believed to be a wreckage of the aircraft. According to Hattingh a team from the Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force visited the accident sight in a cliff in the mountain range in die Kaski district, yesterday. He says human remains were collected for forensic investigation. Hattingh says it has been confirmed that the wreckage is the debris of the aircraft that Nel was a passenger on.
Meanwhile Nel’s husband, JC Nel, is preparing to travel to the country after the wreckage of the plane was found.
Hattingh says JC will take DNA samples and dental records of his wife to Nepal. He says the family is in the process of determining what more is needed for a forensic investigation after human remains were recovered from the crash site some 12 000 feet high in a cliff in the mountain range yesterday.
Hattingh says the site was visited for the first time yesterday after Nel’s family received aerial shots, taken from a private aircraft on another sightseeing flight, about five weeks ago.
The South African Department of Foreign Affairs then requested Nepalese authorities to conduct further investigations. – Christal-Lize Muller