2 hurt in Midrand helicopter crash

2012-05-27 16:47

Johannesburg - Two men were severely injured when their helicopter crashed near Grand Central airport in Midrand, Johannesburg paramedics said on Sunday.

"Two men were critically injured in a helicopter crash in an abandoned industrial park off 16th Avenue in Midrand this afternoon," said Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

"Common cause information suggests that the helicopter crashed and the wreckage disintegrated, the largest segment coming to rest against concrete palisade fencing.

"Netcare911 paramedics arrived at the scene to find two occupants in a critical condition and they immediately initiated treatment," Wicks said.

"One man was airlifted by helicopter to the Netcare Sunninghill Hospital. The other man was taken by ambulance to the same medical facility," he said.

The scene of the crash is at the junction of 16th Road and 2nd Avenue near the N1 highway.

"The cause of the accident and the series of events leading up to it remain uncertain and will form the subject of a Civil Aviation Authority investigation," he said.

  • eddiebant - 2012-05-27 17:05

    Why so many choppers coming down nowadays?

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-27 17:45

      guess there's so many going up?

      Omo - 2012-05-27 18:16

      You took the question right out of my mouth.

      Press - 2012-05-27 18:59

      Its probably the gravity of our situation . . .

      Makatikamusona - 2012-05-27 21:58

      Probably too many rich kids testing their father's toys

      Craig - 2012-05-28 07:35

      It was ever thus. Helicopters are problematical and operate very near the edge of the flight envelope at all times. Small errors in piloting or maintenance can have catastrophic results.

      Andre - 2012-05-28 09:04

      Many people treat choppers as expensive toys. Helicopters are very safe, if you treat them with respect and operate them within the limits laid down by the manufacturer. But unfortunately many want to show off. Another reason is that many pilots fly choppers too soon, that is, they don't get their proper fixed wing experience first before going on to helo's. Fact is that license are issued to easy because it is a money making concern! I'm speaking as an ex-air force chopper pilot.

  • fschuite - 2012-05-27 19:54

    I am a trainee helicopter pilot and I can promise you its not easy to get a PPL, there is nothing wrong with our standards, they are in-line with ICAO standards.

  • brianmacza - 2012-05-28 06:00

    Never trust any machine where the wing flies faster than the aircraft.

      Zion - 2012-05-28 08:19

      Don't trust any flying machine full stop.

      Simon - 2012-05-28 08:43

      So if you're in an accident (touch wood) and the Air Mercy helicopter arrives to help save your life you still wouldn't jump in?

  • Zion - 2012-05-28 08:18

    There seems to be an epidemic lately with all the 'copter crashes and those of light aircraft. Maybe pilots should be retested.

      susan.watkins.96 - 2012-05-28 13:29

      All pilots have to get retested every year!! Even our instructors/Com pilots have a check ride that is compulsory with Part 127. We have CAA inspectins where everything has to be order and comply with there rules!

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