Cronje~~s body recovered from wreckage: Davids

Published: Sunday, June 2, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Rescue workers on Sunday removed the bodies of cricketer Hansie Cronje, a pilot and co-pilot from a remote mountain after Saturday's fatal plane crash, a South African aviation official said. "All three bodies had been removed from the mountain. They have been taken to a mortuary where post-mortems will be performed," Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesman Trevor Davids told reporters. He said the bodies were removed from the wreckage of a 45-seater Hawker Siddley 748 cargo plane, which crashed into mountains on Saturday near Cronje's hometown of George.The plane, which had taken off from the central city of Bloemfontein, crashed into the rugged Outeniqua range at a height of some 1,000 metres (3,000 feet) in bad weather when it tried to land at George around 6:45 am (04:45 GMT). Davids said CAA crash investigators were at the scene in the steep mountains some 430 kilometres (260 miles) east of Cape Town. The investigators were retrieving flight voice and data recorders. "It will give us a good idea of what happened in the final moments of the crash," Davids said.

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