The Netcare helicopter which crashed near Colenso on January 21, spun around, while losing height rapidly, before it started breaking up in mid-air. Moments later it crashed and hit the ground, bursting into flames, killing all the occupants on board.
The preliminary report into the crash by the Civil Aviation Authority reveals that witnesses “saw what looked like helicopter parts breaking off before it crashed and burst into flames”.
It describes the wide swathe of debris which “stretched for approximately half a kilometre from the furthest/first located object of the wreckage. The helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire…”