Identities of Durban helicopter crash victims released

Identities of Durban helicopter crash victims released

Police have released the identities of the two men who killed in a helicopter crash in Durban this week.

Durban helicopter crash victims

The chopper crashed into the Umgeni River near the N2 on Monday morning.

The victims had to be extricated from the wreckage, which was found submerged in the water.

The two victims are 24-year-old Derek Fitzgerald, who was the pilot, and Richard Morgan, who was a student pilot.

Both men are from Durban.

Their families, friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to them.

READ: KZN Transport MEC send condolences to families of helicopter crash victims

Northwood School in Durban North says in a Facebook post that it's devastated by Fitzgerald's passing. He completed matric there in 2014. 

They say he was involved in all aspects of school life and excelled in academics and sport - even representing South Africa in Underwater Hockey. 

In another post, the Olive Tree Church on Florida Road says Fitzgerald served in many ways  - adding he'll be missed.

Friends of student pilot, Richard Morgan have described him as man so full of life, ambition and adventure.

The chopper the two men were in belonged to the Starlite Aviation Group.

The company has sent its condolences to both families.

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