Woman arrested in connection to Swakopmund aircraft crash

Police in Erongo have reportedly arrested a 34-year-old woman in connection with the aircraft crash which took place at the town last week.

Two people, the 54-year-old Jacques Jacobs, who was the Chief Pilot and Pilot Instructor from the Swakopmund Flying School and 29-year-old Dirk von Weidts died after the helicopter they were testing fell and crashed east of the Swakopmund airfield on 17 July.

It is alleged that the woman who was charged with fraud, forgery and uttering was arrested at her residence in Swakopmund on Sunday after a case was opened by the owner of the Swakopmund Flying Company.

According to a police update issued on Monday, the suspect allegedly unlawfully and intentionally misrepresented a fake, forged and altered certificate of the registration and flight test permit of the same helicopter to Namibia Base Aviation.

Items such as two iPhones, a smaller phone, memory sticks, six computers, 141 logbooks and three boxes with financial documents and invoices were seized from her residence, as well as the Namibia Base Aviation office, after a search warrant was obtained from the magistrate.

The suspect is set to appear in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency