Kruger Park chopper in emergency landing

Mbombela - The pilot of a Kruger National Park helicopter had to perform an emergency landing, the park said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday as three officials on the helicopter looked for two rhino, believed to be outside the park, in order to guide a game capture team on the ground.

"The team was still searching for the animals when the helicopter suddenly experienced a power loss and engine failure," a Kruger Park spokesperson said.

"The pilot was forced to carry out an immediate emergency landing, which he did successfully with no injuries or further damage to the aircraft."

The helicopter was being inspected to determine the cause of the engine failure.

“We are grateful that our employees are all safe and no one was hurt; even grateful that the game capture team managed to recover the animals and ensure their safe return to the park," the park's managing executive, Glenn Phillips, said.

"A special commendation goes out to the pilot who under critical circumstances, managed to land the aircraft safely."

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