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Inquest opened after pilot dies in light aircraft crash

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The police in Barkly West are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a pilot in a light aircraft crash.

Peter Viljoen was killed in a light aircraft crash on January 25. Picture: Supplied

THE POLICE in Barkly West are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a pilot in a light aircraft crash.

A memorial service for the deceased pilot, Peter Viljoen, was held at City of Hope Church on Thursday.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam said the police had opened an inquest docket following the death of a 70-year-old pilot on the farm Devondale in Barkly West on January 25.

“Preliminary investigations indicate that the deceased was flying a microlight when the aircraft crashed. The pilot was dead on the scene where Barkly West Emergency Services attended to the accident site,” said Sam.

He added that the SA Civil Aviation Authority report and the circumstances that led to the crash would form part of the investigation.

“The investigation is continuing,” said Sam.

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