Second Limpopo chopper crash in two days

Polokwane - Another helicopter has crashed in Limpopo, this time injuring the two occupants, police said on Tuesday.

A vet, Niel Kriel, and game catcher Dirk Uys sustained light injuries in the crash near Lephalale, Colonel Ronel Otto said.

An air bubble was believed to have been the cause.

On Monday morning, pilot David Boul and passenger Ronald Matsunga were killed when their helicopter crashed near the Blouberg medical centre, about 104km north-west of Polokwane, Otto said.

Another passenger, Phineas Sekwela, was seriously injured when he either fell, or jumped, out of the helicopter before impact.

He struck electric cables as he fell. He was taken to the Helene Franz hospital. Otto did not have details about his condition.

The helicopter was being used to install antennas in the Blouberg mountains. It burst into flames on impact.

The Civil Aviation Authority was investigating the matter.

On Sunday, glider pilot William Scott was killed when his aircraft crashed outside Potchefstroom.

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