SA Civil Aviation Authority probing KZN helicopter crash

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Parts of the helicopter that crashed into the Umgeni River.
Parts of the helicopter that crashed into the Umgeni River.
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The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said it is investigating the cause of the helicopter accident that happened in Durban on Monday morning resulting in two deaths.

The Robinson R22 helicopter crashed into the Umgeni River killing the pilot and co-pilot instantly.

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Kabelo Ledwaba, SACAA’s spokesperson, said their accident and incident investigations division has been notified of a helicopter accident and investigators have been dispatched, meaning that the investigation into the cause of the accident has thus begun.

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An aerial view of emergency workers at Umgeni River after a helicopter with two pilots crashed into the river.

At this stage, Ledwaba said there are no further details to share pertaining to this accident.

“Nonetheless, a preliminary report will be issued within 30 days from the day of this accident.

“The completion of the investigation will be marked by the release of a final accident report, which may contain safety recommendations aimed at improving the levels of aviation safety and the prevention of a similar accident,” said Ledwaba.

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