Cause of UCT chopper crash still unknown

2011-08-03 11:37
Cape Town - Civil Aviation Authority inspectors said on Wednesday they had “no idea” yet what could have been the cause of a helicopter crash at the University of Cape Town’s main campus.

The Robertson 44 helicopter, which had four occupants, went down at about 09:00, Cape Town Fire and Rescue’s Theo Layne told News24.

UCT said in a statement that the helicopter’s pilot made an emergency landing.

"Eyewitnesses said that the helicopter hit the top of some trees on the side of the road and then immediately afterwards attempted to land," UCT said in a statement.

"During the landing the helicopter tumbled onto its side. The pilot and three passengers were shaken but not visibly hurt."
 
It crashed into a walkway on middle campus, completely destroying the chopper.

Only the pilot suffered minor injuries.

The crash site was cordoned off with officials keeping media and curious onlookers far back. Several ambulances, fire engines and disaster service vehicles were on the scene.

According to a student on the scene, his friend claimed that the helicopter had “just lost power”. `

Layne said the wreckage can only be moved once officials are sure that it is safe following a fuel leak. 

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