WATCH | Helicopter crashes into Umgeni River in KZN

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Two bodies have been recovered from Umgeni River after a helicopter crashed into the river by the Umgeni interchange on the N2 northbound on Monday morning.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said two bodies have been recovered.

Kyle van Reenen, from Emer-G Med, said when paramedics arrived at the scene, they found that a Robinson 22 helicopter was fully submerged under the water.

"A rescue operation was launched by members of the South African Police and Emer-G-Med's Search and Rescue Units. Both pilot and co-pilot were found entrapped in the aircraft and sadly were pronounced deceased on the arrival of paramedics.

"It is speculated that the cause of the crash is that of a bird strike, however, the Aviation authorities will conduct the necessary investigations accordingly," said Reenen.

Traffic has been backed up on the N2 Umgeni interchange as police conduct investigations on the site.

This is a developing story.

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Search and rescue units retrieve a helicopter from Umgeni River.
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Emergency workers searching for crew members after their helicopter crashed into Umgeni River.
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Parts of the helicopter that crashed into the Umgeni River.
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Parts of the helicopter that crashed into the Umgeni River.

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