Inquiry into chopper crash deaths

2013-11-05 07:03
(Picture: Beeld)

(Picture: Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Several factors could have caused the deaths of seven officers in a police helicopter crash in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, in July 2010, the SABC reported on Monday.

This reportedly emerged in an inquiry into their deaths in the Witbank Magistrate's Court.

According to the SABC, Magistrate Ernst du Plooy found that excessive alcohol intake by the pilot or the co-pilot, poor weather conditions and indecisiveness by both men about landing could have contributed to the crash.

Du Plooy reportedly found there was no mechanical fault with the helicopter.

According to the broadcaster, a lawyer representing some of the families planned to bring a civil claim in the high court.

The helicopter pilot, co-pilot and five members of the national intervention unit died when the aircraft hit the ground and burst into flames in a field 7km outside eMalahleni (formerly known as Witbank).

They had been responding to a robbery at a bakery in eMalahleni.

A formal inquest into the matter had been opened.

Read more on:    mbombela  |  air crashes

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.