Helicopter crashes fighting fire in Cape Point, pilot dead

2015-03-08 15:26
A firefighting helicopter dumps water on a fire raging in the Tokai Forest near Cape Town. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

A firefighting helicopter dumps water on a fire raging in the Tokai Forest near Cape Town. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Cape Town - A helicopter pilot was killed on Sunday after being forced to make a crash landing while fighting a blaze that broke out in Cape Point last week.

According to eNCA, he was one of the country's top helicopter rescue pilots.

According to CapeTownETC, there was a fire flareup in the Cape Point area and that the crash took place at around 11:00.

Initial reports suggested that the pilot was injured, and that an air ambulance was dispatched to take him to hospital.

Unfortunately, the pilot succumbed to his wounds and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

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