Birthday helicopter ride ends in crash

2011-11-30 10:06

Pretoria - An 80-year-old Pretoria woman's family treated her to a helicopter ride on her birthday - but the chopper crashed, according to a report on Wednesday.

Birthday girl Sanna van der Walt escaped serious injury, suffering only a few bruises and scratches.

Co-pilot Andre Potgieter told Beeld newspaper he was not sure what had caused the helicopter to crash at the Wonderboom airport in Pretoria on Tuesday morning.

"The pilot jumped out to close the fuel cap... we then cut the safety belt of the 'tannie' [Van der Walt] with a knife, and got her out," said Potgieter.

No-one was seriously injured. Van der Walt was treated in hospital.

  • Joseph - 2011-11-30 10:20

    thanks God to be alive tannie!!!!!!!!!

  • Larry - 2011-11-30 10:22

    Phew, What an experience. I hope she sees her experience in a good light… and stays away from Helicopters.

  • Franna16 - 2011-11-30 10:33

    At least we know her heart is in good shape. I would want to know what went wrong

  • Lee - 2011-11-30 11:01

    When it's your time, it's your time no matter how old you are. It wasn't her time thank goodness.

  • jody.beggs - 2011-11-30 12:19

    A birthday she'll never forget !

  • John - 2011-11-30 12:29

    R 44 death machine !

  • Cindy - 2011-11-30 14:28

    If my family offer me a chopper ride for my next birthday, I think I might just say "NO"

  • Preshen - 2011-11-30 15:32

    should of played fight simulator instead

  • Rudie - 2011-11-30 16:04

    Her birthday ended with a bang. Glad they are ok.

  • blowdart17 - 2011-11-30 18:10

    Hey flying is not so bad !!

      Fires - 2011-11-30 19:08

      It is the crashing that is bad for your health! LOL

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