In South Africa, an award-winning television news cameraman died on Tuesday (March 6) when the light plane he was flying crashed into a block of flats, killing the elderly couple who lived there.
GV apartment block in Johannesburg
SV wreckage TILT UP TO damage on top of flats
SV INTERIOR PAN fireman with wreckage inside apartment (THREE SHOTS)
TV from window of flat to wreckage on ground
SV bodies being taken to ambulance (THREE SHOTS)
SV women crying as bodies carried away
SV INTERIOR woman describes accident in English
SV man describes accident (TWO SHOTS)
SV ZOOM INTO CU plane wreckage lying on ground
WOMAN: "We just rushed out. My husband rushed out to help, and as we rushed out, the flames were pouring out. So someone had already called the fire brigade. I got onto all the fire brigades in the district."
MAN: "He hit that tree which is just standing there."
REPORTER: "And he did touch that tree there?"
WOMAN: "He didn't touch the tree?"
WOMAN: "Which tree?"
MAN: "The tree by that stream. That tree there."
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Background: In South Africa, an award-winning television news cameraman died on Tuesday (March 6) when the light plane he was flying crashed into a block of flats, killing the elderly couple who lived there. Police said Ernest Christie, an experienced pilot, was apparently trying to land on a nearby golf course, when his plane clipped a tree near the apartment block.
SYNOPSIS: Eyewitnesses said Mr Christie, a 47 year old South African, circled several times in his single engines Cessna before crashing into the fourth floor of the block. The plane drove deep into the flat, disappearing inside except for part of a wing and a wheel which fell to the ground. There was an explosion, then a fire gutted the flat.
When the plane hit the flat, the couple living there, Mr and Mrs Ken Waddell, were preparing breakfast. Police said they were killed instantly. Mr Waddell was a retired newspaper executive, and by a macabre coincidence, it was he who gave Mr Christie his first job as a newspaper photographer 20 years ago.
Mr Christie, who filmed fighting in the former Belgian Congo and Vietnam, was British newsfilm cameraman of the year in 1968. His work won him a host of international awards. Eyewitnesses described how he died.
Ernest Christie once spoke his own epitaph: "Sooner or later your luck runs out."