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Chopper crash lands at UCT in Cape Town

2011-08-03 09:39

Cape Town - A helicopter has crash landed at the University of Cape Town's campus on Wednesday. 

The cause of the accident was unknown but a Facebook user was quoted as saying that it "crashed at middle campus. I saw it spinning around and it was touching the trees. Then it just dissapeared and went boom [sic]."

Campus security told News24 on Wednesday morning that the chopper went down at about 09:00.

A Baxter Theatre staffer en route to her office said emergency vehicles were seen rushing to the scene.

Police were reluctant to comment when contacted by News24, saying only that the helicopter had made "a landing".

The pilot was injured in the crash, ER24 told News24

Comments
  • HugoVaughan - 2011-08-03 09:44

    ER1? Looked low...

  • Josey - 2011-08-03 09:46

    shame something can happen were we are and there is nothing you can do. hope the pilot makes it and everyone else..

  • cat8fish - 2011-08-03 09:47

    WOW this is some crazy ish!!

  • psydomx - 2011-08-03 09:49

    ROBINSONS are the Jonway's equivalent in the helicopter world, i would rather strap 2000 balloons to my head, its far more safer, than flyin in a tupperware chopper

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-03 09:58

      Tupperware chopper. LOL.

      Joe - 2011-08-04 02:27

      No true, not even close. Robinson sold almost 1000 helicopters in 2006, whilst Bell sold 15. If you took a chance and did the math, if you compared the flight stats of reciprocating engine vs turbine engine, then the R44 (and 22) is in fact SAFER than turbine helicopters. The only reason you THINK they have a higher than normal incident rate is because they have vastly more flight hours per year than any other helicopter. Your ill-informed statements is what gives the industry a bad name, not the industry itself. Aviation is FAR more controlled, and more strict, than any other transportation industry.

  • HugoVaughan - 2011-08-03 09:50

    No, It is a Robbie http://www.2oceansvibe.com/2011/08/03/helicopter-crashes-at-uct-middle-campus/

  • Wotzizname - 2011-08-03 09:51

    I saw this thing flapping around erratically before it went down, we were still chatting in the office about how strange it was flying, next thing the excitement erupted. Pity old Julius wasn't on board!

      Captainmorgan - 2011-08-03 09:56

      Julius should his own personal chopper............fitted with ejector seats.............in the case of emergency he will escape CHOP CHOP

      choppadrivah - 2011-08-03 10:16

      Hi Wotzizname, your eyewitness account could be important for the Civil Aviation Authority accident investigators. Why don't you contact them. What you saw could give them vital clues as to why it happened, and could save the next guy from a similar accident.

      Cynical Sci - 2011-08-03 10:32

      I second choppadrivah (fun nic btw), these are the contacts I found on their site. Tel:011 – 545 1000 Fax: 011 – 545 1465 email: mail@caa.co.za

  • Kyle Smith - 2011-08-03 09:54

    Here is an image of the crash http://yfrog.com/gz23mrejj

      Benny66 - 2011-08-03 10:26

      Great pic Kyle, thanks! Kudus to the pilot for keeping his cool during what must have been a terrifying experience. Pray all is well.

  • Wix - 2011-08-03 09:56

    If the chopper was seen spinning it means the rotor failed. Well done to the pilot for bringing the bird down ok. Could have been a lot worse.

      Chewbacca - 2011-08-03 10:09

      Tail rotor, that is

      Collitjies - 2011-08-03 11:23

      You have got the reason spot on.

      Joe - 2011-08-04 02:30

      Could have been LTE, or Loss of Tailrotor Effectiveness.

  • Ayobaa - 2011-08-03 09:56

    Breaking news, "Helen Zille and Julius was onboard"...met Eishhhhhhh!

  • Amanda - 2011-08-03 09:57

    "Police were reluctant to comment when contacted by News24, saying only that the helicopter had made "a landing". They probably did not know themselves!!!! It's very clear from the photo that the helicopter "crashed"!! Don't know if the article is accurate as there is no report of people being injured - thank goodness for that!!!

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-03 09:59

    Hope the pilot makes it through!

      morentebo - 2011-08-03 10:06

      what about the poor trees?

      Wix - 2011-08-03 10:15

      @morentebo: you're a chop

      morentebo - 2011-08-03 10:21

      love you too, big CHOPPIE

  • Charlton10 - 2011-08-03 10:26

    @morentebo, you made me laugh, I actually fell off my chair. He-he-he

  • Dylan - 2011-08-03 10:29

    Check these awesome pics on my blog http://www.mrcapetown.co.za/lifestyle/breaking-helicopter-crashes-at-uct-middle-campus-pic/

  • Dylan - 2011-08-03 10:30

    There was 1 pilot and 4 passengers. They are keeping it hush hush but apparently only 1 injury :) See the 4 pics I have here of the crash http://www.mrcapetown.co.za/lifestyle/breaking-helicopter-crashes-at-uct-middle-campus-pic/

  • Wotzizname - 2011-08-03 10:31

    Pilot and his 3 passengers are all fine, though the chopper nearly missed a student. This from a colleague who was on site of the crash.

      derv - 2011-08-03 11:15

      I guess you mean narrowly missed? Nearly missed would mean student was injured at least.

  • James L Williams - 2011-08-03 10:39

    I saw it happen. It bounced on the bank, then landed on the road, then all 4 people got out.

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-08-03 11:43

      :D sounds like they were parking for some take aways :) "and then 4 ppl got out".

  • malusi - 2011-08-03 10:56

    this shows that the DA is failing on running the province. First open toilets now planes are falling from the sky. Lol. Hope everyone is safe tho.

      Collitjies - 2011-08-03 11:31

      NONSENSE,

      tryanything - 2011-08-03 12:05

      Malusi Find a more appropriate name like HK has..

      Vela Stardust - 2011-08-03 12:30

      LMAO! Someone with a sense of humour!

  • Collitjies - 2011-08-03 11:19

    Sounds to me that the rear rotor blade stopped spinning causing the helicopter to spin out of control loosing altitude at an alarming rate.

  • Rooshen Ramiah - 2011-08-03 11:24

    "The pilot was injured in the crash, ER24 told News24" - you mean.. injured in the landing..

  • Kathleen - 2011-08-03 11:30

    Must an accident happen to make one aware that maintenance on air craft including helicopters should be neccesitated on a regular daily basis.The pilot was slightly injured with a bump on his head and there must have been bruises all around.Luckily and meraculously, no bones broken and most importantly no deaths or badly injured. I know the pilot was opting for the rugby field when he lost power of the helicopter but realised he had to put her down at the closest open area possible. I hope all is well with the pilot as well as the passengers.

      Collitjies - 2011-08-03 11:34

      Kathleen, thanks for a professional description unlike the usual nonsence we have to endure.

  • Dove - 2011-08-03 11:47

    JEEPERS! Why must everything be political or is this site manned by people that have that sort of 'agenda'???? LOL

  • BLACKFRUIT - 2011-08-03 12:26

    Who cares if it burned to ashes.

      onthefence - 2011-08-03 14:36

      You must have put a lot of thought into that comment - go for a lie down, you need the rest after that effort

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-03 12:31

    Well done to the chopper pilot for landing safely!

  • Wolff - 2011-08-03 12:37

    Another Robinson. Rubbish.

  • Disdain - 2011-08-03 13:39

    Parking has always been a problem at UCT

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-08-03 14:03

    They gate crashed the party

  • Rudie - 2011-08-03 14:22

    Puff Puff too close to the mountain man!!

  • Nawe - 2011-08-03 16:12

    Drunk cape coloureds...

  • Nkosinathi - 2011-08-03 16:21

    People are now changing the story just fit Julius in. It`s sick....

  • Vulcha - 2011-08-03 17:30

    I was there. Just a question. Why does the headline say "UCT in Cape Town"?

  • Dries - 2011-08-04 08:56

    Joe - August 4, 2011 at 02:27 wrote: "No true, not even close. Robinson sold almost 1000 helicopters in 2006, whilst Bell sold 15. If you took a chance and did the math, if you compared the flight stats of reciprocating engine vs turbine engine, then the R44 (and 22) is in fact SAFER than turbine helicopters. The only reason you THINK they have a higher than normal incident rate is because they have vastly more flight hours per year than any other helicopter. Your ill-informed statements is what gives the industry a bad name, not the industry itself. Aviation is FAR more controlled, and more strict, than any other transportation industry." Joe, I do not know where you get your facts from but you are completely wrong. Aviation Safety and accident investigation is my career and the Robinsons are HIGH on my list. It is mostly because they are being operated outside of their weight and centre of mass conditions and due to poor maintenance. ASK THE QUESTION OF THE NUMBER OF ROBINSON AND BELL 206 / 407 ACCIDENTS A PARTICULAR CORPORATE OPERATOR NATIONALLY HAD THE PAST THREE YEARS AND YOUR FLABBER WILL BE GASTED.

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