Helicopter crashes near Sun City

2011-12-20 12:13

Johannesburg  - A man was killed when a helicopter crashed near the Sun City resort in the North West on Tuesday, police said.

"A man was flying a Robinson 22 helicopter from Wonderboom to Bakubunt when he hit a slip cable in a no-fly zone, causing the helicopter to crash," said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

Ngubane said the crash took place at about 09:00 near Sun City.

The pilot, who was reportedly on his way to pick up friends, was the only occupant.

He was declared dead on the scene.

  • Bardy - 2011-12-20 12:19

    Do you not understand what a "no-fly zone" is mr pilot?

      Kala - 2011-12-20 12:37

      I agree Bardy. But there is another point to consider. Unlike here on the ground there are no signs hanging about in the sky. It's not unheard of for even experienced pilots to lose direction and inadvertantly end up in an area they didn't intend being in.

      Kala - 2011-12-20 12:42

      Chris - His mistake, his life. Sometimes the decision we make come with a high price.

      Bardy - 2011-12-20 12:46

      @ Chris - I was not being insensitive! That comment is out of pure anger towards people's ignorance to the laws. That area was marked as a no fly zone for a reason. Now a family will be without a father/husband/bread-winner just before Christmas! It's really sad! Condolences!

      Evagrey - 2011-12-20 12:58

      @rod I'm sorry, a 'looser'?? How ironic.

      Leon - 2011-12-20 14:15

      Bardy, please comment on this matter again when you yourself obtain a pilots license.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-20 12:25

    No fly zone means exactly that so which part did the piolet not understand? Condolences to the family left behind.

      Shirley - 2011-12-20 12:35


      RaveWolf1 - 2011-12-20 13:05

      And know 100% that his equipment never failed?

  • Evagrey - 2011-12-20 12:25

    Bakubunt? Surely you mean Bakubung?

      stephan.griesel - 2011-12-20 12:36

      i was going to say the same thing

      Squeegee - 2011-12-20 12:39

      Every day, every article. No editor apparently.

      Joel Papenfus - 2011-12-20 12:46

      I was on scene it is a jet ranger 206 was on the way to bakubung when the pilot hit the the Zip wire he did try avioding the wire but the tail rotor struck the wire and the helicopter hung and sPin for a few moments before falling a witnes said. The piot was thrown 400 meters when struck by rotors

      Kevin - 2011-12-20 12:57

      Another piece of "brilliant reporting"! In addition to flying to place that doesn't exist, I mean who'se ever been to Bakubunt, he was also flying a chopper that somehow shrunk from a Jetranger 206 to a Robbie R22 - Huh!! Incredible.

  • lulama - 2011-12-20 12:26

    Flying in a no-fly zone? Ppl should really abide by the rules, they are there to protect us.

      Sandra - 2011-12-20 12:55

      Yup I agree, but even on the roads people are not obeying rules and they have these tragic accidents. Very sad Christams for so many

      Squeegee - 2011-12-20 13:18

      Just be grateful taxi drivers don't own helicopters!

      Leon - 2011-12-20 14:13

      I suppose you fly helicopters on a regular basis as pilot in command then and you can not only define a no fly zone (what it is); but can avoid their boundaries at altitude at speed at all time? You have no idea what you are talking about!

      lulama - 2011-12-20 14:26

      @Leon the pilot should have known about the no-fly zone.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-20 12:27

    No Fly Zone ..... Crash Site .... same thing

  • clive.gerada - 2011-12-20 12:40

    I doubt he was picking up Friends. since a R22 is a 2 seater!

  • wnkambule - 2011-12-20 12:50

    Festive accidents+

  • Joel Papenfus - 2011-12-20 12:55

    I was on scene it is a jet ranger 206 was on the way to bakubung when the pilot hit the the Zip wire he did try avioding the wire but the tail rotor struck the wire and the helicopter hung and sPin for a few moments before falling a witnes said. The piot was thrown 400 meters when struck by rotors

      Marie - 2011-12-20 23:24

      Not only was it indeed a jet ranger 206, but the pilot was a 52 (and not 32) year old man from Pretoria. He was a dearly beloved family member of mine and will be sadly missed.

  • Jaco - 2011-12-20 14:02

    I know the pilot in question extremely well - he worked with my father for around 25 years. He is a professional and a gentleman. You can rest assured that he did not knowingly enter a no-fly zone. Some of the people commenting here need to engage their brains before they comment on something of someone they know stuff-all about. I think of the many times we spent together around camp fires talking about all things in life...sadly that has not happened for a long time, and now will never happen again. O grote - jy gaan verskriklik gemis word. Ons dink aan jou familie in hierdie hartseer tyd. Hamba Kahle

      Bloubulbokkie - 2011-12-20 14:09

      Dankie Jaco, ek het nie die oom geken nie maar ek ken sy dogter en dis 'n verskriklike hart is baie seer vir haar en die failie. Michelle vH

  • Leon - 2011-12-20 14:08

    To all the idiots condemning the pilot for reasons such as "no Fly Zone"; please keep quite until you yourself have a pilots license and are rated to fly Jet-Rangers (not just any old helicopter). Your comments show only idiocy! I once held a pilots license and know just enough to know that I know too little to make any judgement on the pilot.

  • Chantelle Van Wyngaardt - 2011-12-20 14:23

    If this was your father, brother, husband, family member or friend would you appreciate all the disgraceful comments. Have respect for the pilot in question! He was a great man always placing the needs and happiness of everyone else before his own. My thoughts & prayers are with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-20 15:01

    Lulama youre an @ss!!!!! [and a racist!]

  • Paul - 2011-12-20 15:38

    In professional aviation there is NO room for flying into a no-fly-zone. Having done your own 'briefing' of your destination(s), the charts TELL you which are restricted areas and the altitude to which they are effective. This was obviously a VFR (visual flight rules) flight. The normal approach to the heli-pad at the golf course (I've been there by 206) doesn't go NEAR the foofie-slide wire. Being aware of these (and other) restrictions is what a pilot (pro or pvt) HAS to be aware of. However, my sincere condolences to family and friends. May his passing not be in vain.

  • Steyn - 2011-12-20 16:56

    Forward to basics, people.

  • garretht - 2011-12-20 18:01

    To all of you who feel to comment negatively. Please have some respect for the deceased. You do not know the specific circumstances, so please rather refrain from commenting.

  • pmulder - 2011-12-20 23:29

    Sorry guys but you got it wrong it was a JetRanger 206 ZS-HHW and not a RH22. Also there isn't a no fly zone, its a danger zone where you are permit to fly. Get your facts straight before posting news on the web please

  • Marie - 2011-12-20 23:34

    The pilot was 52 years old and not 32. He was flying a jet Ranger and not a 22 Robinson. He was not going to pick up friends from Bakubung, he was just planning in visiting a friend there.

      virna.smith1 - 2011-12-21 05:18

      Condolences to your family on this tragic loss Marie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • virna.smith1 - 2011-12-21 05:09

    I knew this man. He would not have knowingly flown into a "no fly zone". Condolences to his family and friends. This is a massive loss to the business world as well. Many, many hearts are absolutely shattered beyond repair by this tragedy.

  • Albert - 2011-12-21 20:03

    Do you not understand the difference between a "danger zone" and a "no fly zone" should all be ashamed of yourselves....this WAS somebodies husband and father......what price life goes for these day's.........

  • Charmaine Volschenk Brits - 2011-12-23 14:13 will be sorely missed by all. Condolences to his wife and children. May the Lord be with you all. And all u people with negative comment, keep it to yourselves.

  • JLWilson - 2011-12-23 22:04

    Can't have much sympathy - even if you are flying there are laws and if you don't adhere to them then you have to pay the price.

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