20 july 2014 Cameron Dalziel and his wife Reine

Johannesburg - The family of a South African pilot killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in the Ukraine appealed for their privacy to respected on Friday.

“We appeal to the media to respect our privacy at this difficult time and to allow us to grieve with our family and friends,” the Dalziel family said in a statement.

“We would also like to correct media reports concerning the cancellation of Cameron's credit cards and that calls to his mobile phone were answered after the crash.”

The family have had no notification that either his credit cards nor cell phone have been used.

Cameron Dalziel was on Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia, when it crashed in eastern Ukraine last Thursday, killing nearly 300 people.

“They were cancelled for security reasons only, as you would when any cards or cell phone are lost.”

The family indicated that they would not be granting any further interviews to media.

Queries could be referred to the British Foreign Office press office or the British high commission in Pretoria.