The last two airmen killed in Tuesday's helicopter crash in KwaZulu-Natal were named on Saturday as Lieutenant Simon Baloyi and Flight Sergeant Mone Zuidmeer. Baloyi, 27, was the pilot and Zuidmeer, 32, the flight engineer, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. The third occupant of the helicopter, Captain Bongani Mdluli, 34, was named earlier in the week. The three South African Air Force (SAAF) members died when their Agusta A109 helicopter crashed into the Woodstock Dam, in the upper Tugela area, during a training flight in Dragon's Peak Park on Tuesday. Divers immediately embarked on a search of the dam for the men's bodies and the wreckage of the aircraft.
Mdluli's remains were found on Wednesday. The commander of the helicopter, he joined the SAAF in 2000 and received his pilot wings in 2003. He was based at the Swartkop Air Force Base, in Pretoria at the time of the death. He lived in Riverlea, Johannesburg. Baloyi's body was recovered at 11.15am on Saturday about 300m from the site of the recovered wreckage, after it was seen by a pilot during an aerial search, the ministry said. From Majaneng in Hammanskraal, he joined the SAAF in 2002 and received his pilot wings in 2005. He is survived by his mother, Joyce, sisters Masego and Anna, and a brother Lebogang. Zuidmeer's remains had been recovered just hours earlier at 8am after local inhabitants saw his floating body and alerted the police, the ministry said. He joined the SAAF in 1997, received his flight engineer wings in 2005, completed his flight engineer course in 2006 and received his silver flight engineer wings in 2008. Zuidmeer, of Centurion, in Pretoria is survived by his mother, Stella, his father Sakkie, who himself is a former SAAF helicopter pilot, and his sister Zonia."Funeral arrangements will be announced once they have been confirmed by the families," the ministry said.