Capetonian Jeremy Taylor, 31, was to fulfill a lifelong dream to climb Mount Everest and early on Tuesday he was on his way.
But at the end of a long journey and in heavy rain his plane crashed near the mountain, the world’s highest. He and 13 others died.
The private Agni Air passenger plane went down near Shikharpur village about 80km south of Kathmandu, police spokesperson Ram Bahadur Shrestha said.
On Tuesday night, the Taylor family, of Vredehoek, was too traumatised to speak to the media
But Sonja Barlow, who spoke on behalf of the family, said: “They are dealing with their grief as well as they can. It’s difficult for the family.”
She said thy were waiting for information from Nepal.
A friend of the family, Ami Kapilevich, said Taylor’s brother, Mark, visited him earlier in the day and was shaken. Taylor’s death was the second tragedy the family had recently dealt with, he said.
“In fact, Mark was here to bury their great grandmother.”
Kapilevich said: “For him to die in that way is the way he lived.”