Louis Botha Royal Princess Passenger Alaska Floatplane Death – Louis Botha, 46, from San Diego, California, was a Princess Cruises passenger aboard cruise ship Royal Princess who took a floatplane excursion which crashed near Ketchikan, Alaska on Monday, May 13, 2019.
Louis Botha was Elsa Wilk’s brother. Elsa Wilk and her husband were also killed in the port excursion floatplane crash. All three were on the floatplane piloted by Randy Sullivan, the Mountain Air Service’s pilot and owner of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane which collided with a larger de Havilland Otter DHC-3.
Botha was Director of Software Engineering at Nextivity according to his Linked In page and fellow employees said he was well known and well liked. His family attended services at Escondido United Reform Church according to an employee who declined to comment out of respect to Botha’s family.
Family members confirmed Botha was from South Africa, had been residing in 4S Ranch and was a brilliant and successful electronic engineer originally from Pretoria, South Africa. He moved to the US in 2001.
Neighbors in 4S Ranch confirm he lived with his wife Theodore and their two school-aged boys. They said the family has lived there since the development was created in 2007. One neighbor called Louis a great neighbor and said he helped him cut down a tree in the front yard.