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Robinson R44 Raven II, ZS-HKZ: Fatal accident occurred February 28, 2018 in Ogies, South Africa




NTSB Identification: WPR18WA097
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Ogies, South Africa
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On February 28, 2018, at 0945 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a South African registered Robinson Helicopter Company R44 Raven II, ZS-HKZ, lost engine power while maneuvering near Truter Boerdery Farm, Ogies, Mpumalana Province, South Africa. The helicopter crashed into grassy terrain and was destroyed by the postcrash fire. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the South African Civil Aviation Authority. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Accident and Incident Investigation Division 
Private Bag X 73
Halfway House 1685
South Africa
Tel.: +27 (0) 11 545-1055/1050
+27 (0) 83 461-6277 (24 hours)
E-mail:AiidInbox@caa.co.za
Fax: +27 (0) 11 545 1466
Website: http://www.caa.co.za 

February 28, 2018 at around 11:30, Mr Bertie (Jacobus Albertus) Truter age 56 and his employee Mr Oupa Pieter Ntuli age 36 of the farm Truter farming , Arbor area Ogies were flying in a R44 Robinson helicopter over the farm. According to witnesses, the tail of the helicopter broke completely off sending the chopper into a spin. The helicopter fell in the field bursting into flames. Both the pilot and passenger died.

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