Hibberdene: Pilot escapes with minor injuries in helicopter crash

2013-01-19 00:00

A HELICOPTER pilot escaped with minor injuries when he crashed in a sugarcane field in Hibberdene on the South Coast yesterday.

Belinda Catchpole, of KwaZulu Private Ambulance, said they had received the call for help just after 9 am.

“The helicopter had crashed in a sugarcane field near the TB hospital [Dunstan Farrell Hospital] at Hibberdene,” she said.

“By the time we arrived the pilot had been taken to a nearby private hospital with minor injuries. The helicopter was on fire and was badly mangled. There was basically just the tail left.”

She said it was believed the pilot walked out of the wreckage to the ambulance.

Samkelo Moyeni, a security guard at the Dunstan Farrell Hospital, said he saw a helicopter spraying a field of ground nuts.

“It then hit one of the trees and it crashed,” Moyeni told Weekend Witness.

Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson Marie Bray said the authority was aware of the incident and its accident investigators would go to Hibberdene on Tuesday to examine the crash. She said the cause of the accident would be determined after the site was investigated.

By 4 pm yesterday, the police said the crash hadn’t been registered.

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