SA pilots arrested in Namibia
06 May 2013, 12:47
Cape Town - Twelve South African pilots on a trip to raise
awareness for cancer were arrested in Namibia at the weekend, it was reported
The pilots were arrested at
Ondangwa Airport on Saturday, apparently because their flight documents were
not in order, the Cape Times reported.
They were released early on Sunday morning after a
court found their arrest to be unlawful.
However, police refused to allow them to leave the country
in their light aircraft, which had been "quarantined" until their
flight papers were rectified.
According to the newspaper, the group of 20 left South
Africa on 27 April on a 16-day flight trip across Botswana and Namibia.
The trip was partly a holiday and partly to raise awareness
and fund for the Cancer Association of SA, which endorsed the trip.
"It's a complete mess. We still have no permission to
fly and may not fly until there is some sort of communication between the
police and the Civil Aviation Authority," trip organiser Larry McGillewie
told the Cape Times.
The pilots' lawyer, Farieda Kishi, said there had been a
"procedural error" when the pilots were issued with a certificate of
competency, but not a permit for landing.