A police helicopter carrying seven people crashed outside Witbank, Mpumalanga, this morning, the police department said.
“It was a police helicopter with members of the National Intervention Unit,” Zweli Mnisi, spokesperson for Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, said.
According to ER24 paramedics, the accident occurred around 9am in a field near Verena Road in Clarinet, where the chopper was found burnt beyond recognition, spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.
Mnisi said Mthethwa, accompanied by national police commissioner General Bheki Cele, arrived at the crash site just before 11am.
“The minister and the general have just arrived on the scene, they are there to determine what caused the crash.”