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Glen Dell dies in an accident in South Africa

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Family members of a South African Airways (SAA) pilot whose aircraft crashed during the Secunda Airshow have confirmed that he has died.
Spectators believe the light aircraft's engine stalled seconds before it went down.

 

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Johanesburg - South Africa

The pilot Glen Dell sustained multiple burn wounds to his entire body.

Glen Dell was a South African commercial airline trainer and aerobatics pilot who started flying at the age of 16.

He joined SAA in 1988 flying Boeing 747’s and 767’s.

In 2007 he qualified to race in the Red Bull world series season.

The Civil Aviation Authority is now investigating what caused the Red Bull 300 plane to crash.

Eyewitness Morkel Erasmus who attended the airshow says he saw the light aircraft sliding for more than 50 meters before it went up in flames.

“He levelled out just as he came out of the dive and it looked like the engine stalled, he hopped it on the ground and slid about 50-70 metres. Then the engine caught fire and he couldn’t get out of the cockpit.”

At the sixth Advanced World Aerobatic Championships (AWAC) in 2004, Glen finished first overall and became the first South African to win the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships.

Apart from winning the gold medal for first overall place, he also won a further gold medal, a silver medal and a bronze medal in various programmes that were flown.

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