Search for missing SA pilots called off
The search for two South African pilots missing for more than two-weeks in neighboring Mozambique has been formally called off.

Richard Maier, leading the search for the pilots confirmed that it had been called off; however the reward of US$ 5000 will remain on offer.

According to Maier, the search operation was difficult to conduct, as Mozambican authorities would only allow one of their five planes to fly at a time.

The pilots, 60 year old Bryan Simms, and his 22 year old son, Rob, went missing on 27 October, when they flew back home to South Africa from Malawi.

The last reported contact the plane made was near the Mozambican port of Beira, with Simms noting he had engine problems.

Official search and rescue operations have been called off, with only volunteers continuing to search the area to find the plane's wreckage.

South Africa's aviation community has spent some US$ 23 000, of their own money, to help with the search.
Last Modified: 2012-11-15 12:00:03
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