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Pilot error caused Cronje crash
Hansie Cronje
Hansie Cronje's revelations rocked the cricket world in 2000
The air crash that killed former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje in June 2002 was the result of pilot error, an inquest has found.

Cronje's career ended when he admitted to involvement in match fixing in 2000.

The pilot and co-pilot also died when the light plane crashed into a mountain near George in South Africa's Western Cape province during bad weather.

Judge Siraj Desai said the air crew had not followed procedures on their second attempt to land at George airport.

"The complacency of the pilot in command was surprising and ... the co-pilot failed under the circumstances to do what a reasonable pilot would have done," the Cape High Court judge said at the conclusion of the inquest on Monday.

"It is the court's view that the death of the deceased Wessel Johannes (Hansie) Cronje was brought about by an act or omission prima facie amounting to an offence on the part of pilots," Judge Desai said.

Warnings ignored

During the inquest it emerged that the pilots Willie Meyer and Ian Noakes - apparently believing they were flying over the sea - had ignored 13 ground proximity warnings given by navigation equipment on the Hawker Siddeley light aircraft.

Cronje's involvement in match fixing first became known after Indian police intercepted a telephone conversation between the then South African captain and a local bookmaker during a tour of India in 2002.

Cronje initially denied wrongdoing.

During a subsequent inquiry in South Africa he admitted receiving $140,000 from bookmakers, but still said he was not guilty of match fixing.

Later that year the United Cricket Board of South Africa banned him for life from the game.

Criminal charges against him were still being investigated in India at the time of his death.


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