UCT crash: Lucky escape for occupants

2011-08-03 10:35

Cape Town – The pilot of a helicopter which crashed on the University of Cape Town campus on Wednesday morning, was very shaken but uninjured, paramedics on the scene said.

ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said there were four people in the small Robinson 44 helicopter but no one was hurt.

"The helicopter has been destroyed and was found lying on its left side.

"The four occupants were very lucky they weren't hurt," he said.

The road had been closed to traffic and emergency services were still on the scene, he said.

The cause of the accident was unknown.

Visser said the pilot did not want to give any information until the civil aviation authorities had investigated.


  • themadking - 2011-08-03 10:51

    so who is going to pay for the damage? and the shock i got?

      Agent Bastad - 2011-08-03 11:02

      The shock you got was from the illegal connection you made between the traffic and your television.

      JCTF - 2011-08-03 23:13

      Insurance, and nobody.

  • Tortart Bingus - 2011-08-03 10:52

    "The helicopter has been destroyed" - did they shoot it like that racehorse in the Durban July?

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-08-03 11:22

      They destroyed it to ensure that it doesn't infect any other helicopters with Mad Chopper disease.

  • Skwatch - 2011-08-03 11:05

    Just read the first article about the helicopter crash landing, it says at the bottom "The pilot was injured in the crash, ER24 told News24". Now they are retracting their previous statement. You would think that they would have some real information before they put these articles online. News24, you fail hard.

  • sjackson - 2011-08-03 11:08

    Happy to hear noboby was injured. Take care guys, seek medical treatment for shock and go home and rest.

  • BigMoose - 2011-08-03 11:22

    Give the pilot a Bell's. He probably needs a double, lol.

      Snys - 2011-08-03 11:35

      Bell helicopter?

      Peter Leonard - 2011-08-03 11:48

      You right on that one . A BELL Jet ranger would not have crashed. The R44 with 4 people is right on the limit especially if they are on the larger side of life......

      Graeme S - 2011-08-03 12:09

      @ Peter A BELL can crash just as easily as a Robby! You chop. A Robinson R44 Raven II (Which this helicopter was) can take 4 adults with an average weight of 92.5 kilos with standard fuel (30.6 gallons). Considering that pilots do weight and balance checks before take off and add fuel according to flying time, I doubt very much that it was "on the limit". The R44 is in fact a very safe helicopter. It is only because of the sheer numbers in service that it seems that it is not. Kudos to the pilot. From the look of the pics he didn't exactly have a large area in which to make his emergency landing.

      JCTF - 2011-08-03 23:14

      Peter: Please dude... stop right there lol

  • jowza - 2011-08-03 11:32

    thank god

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-08-03 11:35

    the occupants made a mistake by being too quiet....they should have, while flying, have sang together: "vlok-vlok-vlok".........."vlok-vlok-vlok" and maybe consider letting SIPHO, NOT to work on the chopper for maintenance.

      jowza - 2011-08-03 11:40

      does yor brain go tik tok tik tok

      Orosman - 2011-08-03 15:05

      I will smile when one finds out it is a white van der merwe that did the maintenance

  • Snys - 2011-08-03 11:38

    Not the same chopper in the pic as the first pic that was shown!

  • happygolucky - 2011-08-03 12:07

    @Gpurs: you got it wrong, they WERE the ones flying around the Marula fruit

  • G + R ? - 2011-08-03 23:15

    when my father called to ask, I hadn't heard about what actually happened and I was like "some fool has parked his chopper in the road and I can't park on middle campus" but then I found out what happened and I felt kinda bad for calling the dude a fool, just because he parked badly. Like on his roof. Even still. How is the cause unknown? Bitch, if I crash my car, I KNOW why my car crashed. If my boat gets stuck, I KNOW it's probably stuck on a sandbank or in some weeds. If my plane crashes, I KNOW it's because I shouldn't have given the pilot that vodka & champagne mix. He KNOWS why it crashed. He was there. triple X.

  • Ingletor - 2011-08-04 00:03

    A good landing is one you can walk away from :)

  • Propjockey - 2011-08-31 21:31

    Therve been (at least) four articles - some even got the make wrong!

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