Inquiry into chopper crash deaths

2013-11-05 07:03
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Johannesburg - Several factors could have caused the deaths of seven officers in a police helicopter crash in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, in July 2010, the SABC reported on Monday.

This reportedly emerged in an inquiry into their deaths in the Witbank Magistrate's Court.

According to the SABC, Magistrate Ernst du Plooy found that excessive alcohol intake by the pilot or the co-pilot, poor weather conditions and indecisiveness by both men about landing could have contributed to the crash.

Du Plooy reportedly found there was no mechanical fault with the helicopter.

According to the broadcaster, a lawyer representing some of the families planned to bring a civil claim in the high court.

The helicopter pilot, co-pilot and five members of the national intervention unit died when the aircraft hit the ground and burst into flames in a field 7km outside eMalahleni (formerly known as Witbank).

They had been responding to a robbery at a bakery in eMalahleni.

A formal inquest into the matter had been opened.

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