Cronje crash: Voice recorder retrieved from wreckage

Published: Monday, June 3, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: The flight voice recorder from a plane crash that killed disgraced former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje was recovered on Monday from the wreckage, a spokesman said.

Two inspectors from the Civil Aviation Authority crawled "at great personal risk" into the precariously-balanced wreckage to retrieve the recorder, said Southern Cape disaster management spokesman Patrick Hall. "They were either very brave or crazy. They could have been killed," Hall told the South African press agency SAPA. Cronje, one of the stars of the last World Cup in 1999, was forced out of the national side in a cricket bribery scandal in 2000. The search for the recorder - vital to the crash investigation - was aborted on Sunday due to poor weather, amid fears the wreckage could blow off the mountain. The bodies of Cronje, plus the pilot and co-pilot, were removed on Sunday from the mangled cargo plane, which crashed into mountains on Saturday near Cronje's hometown of George, some 460 kilometres (230 miles) East of Cape Town. Hall confirmed that autopsies were currently being performed on the three victims in George. "I reckon (Cronje) broke his neck," he speculated. He said Cronje had a trickle of blood on his head and some cuts on his legs.

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