Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Robinson R22: Fatal accident occurred May 20, 2017 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

NTSB Identification: ERA17WA192
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Robinson R22 helicopter that occurred on May 20, 2017. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist SACAA's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of Manufacturer and Design of the helicopter/engine.

All investigative information will be released by the SACAA.

 John Rudling

A tribute from Lencel, who shared many aerial adventures with John Rudling. John died in an accident, doing what he loved, flying a helicopter: 

 “John, thank you for all the good times we had up there in the sky. All I had to do was ask, and of course you were always there at the ready. We will miss the smile on your face, reflecting your inner joy. Condolences to the family and friends; I was honored to have you as a friend.”

The staff of eHowzit echo these sentiments, and pass on our heartfelt condolences to John’s family. RIP, John.

Story and video:  http://www.ehowzit.co.za

Tributes have been pouring in for a pilot who died when his helicopter crashed in the area of Louisiana, just outside Port Shepstone.

John Rudling was spraying crops when his Robinson R22 22 was believed to have hit an overhead power line and crashed.

Glen Preston, of Med-Evac, said Rudling was the single occupant of the helicopter and died at the scene.

He was described as the ‘best chopper pilot and instructor ever’.

Residents took to Facebook to express their shock at Rudling’s death.

A team from the Civil Aviation Authority visited the scene and would investigate further.

Police have lodged an inquest.


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