Bodies of crash victims removed

2010-07-23 14:14

The bodies of the police officers killed in a helicopter crash near Witbank in Mpumalanga were removed from the wreckage this afternoon.

A mortuary van was still on the scene just after 2pm.

Pieces of the chopper, including the engine, were scattered across a field, near an informal settlement, about 7km outside the town.

The entire area had been cordoned off by police tape.

A team of more than 20 forensic pathologists and police officers was on the scene to determine what caused the helicopter to crash.

It was carrying five police officers, a pilot and a crew member when it plunged to the ground before bursting into flames at about 9am today.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, accompanied by National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, visited the scene earlier in the day.

The helicopter was en route to Witbank, according to national police spokesperson Sally de Beer. 

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