Four killed in South African helicopter crash

South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma
South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma

The crash happened on Monday but paramedics arrived the scene on Tuesday.

South Africa Paramedics (Netcare 911) have confirmed the death of four people after a helicopter crashed between Nelspruit and Lydenburg in Mpumalanga province.

Netcare 911 spokesperson, Santi Steinmann told newsmen on Tuesday in Johannesburg that paramedics arrived at the scene to find out that a helicopter with four occupants on board had crashed.

He said there were no survivors.

Mr. Steinmann said that the wreckage of an unidentified helicopter had been seen in the Lydenburg area since Monday.

“A Robinson 44, a four-seater light helicopter, went missing early on Monday between Witrivier and Grand Central Airport in Midrand, As at Monday it was not clear if the wreckage was that of the missing helicopter.

“But today it has been confirmed that the missing helicopter crashed with the four people on board and that all the passengers were killed in the incident,’’ he said.

It will be recalled that another private owned vintage light plane named Tiger Moth 140ZS/SS crashed into a dam on April 16 killing the two people on board in Mafikeng.

One of the occupants of the aircraft was an instructor at the Africa Union Aviation Academy, the aviation school where some of the Nigerian Niger Delta ex-militants trained and qualified as pilots.

(NAN)