Saturday, August 11, 2018

Robinson R22 Beta, ZS-HBP: Accident occurred August 15, 2018 in Queenstown, South Africa

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA225
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Queenstown, South Africa
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 15, 2018, at 0830 Universal Coordinated Time, a Robinson R22 Beta helicopter, ZS-HBP, impacted power lines while conducting a game capturing flight near Queenstown, South Africa. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger was fatally injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was being operated under the pertinent civil regulations for the Government of South Africa.

The Civil Aviation Authority of South Africa, Accident & Incident Investigation Division (AIID) is investigating the accident. As the state of manufacture of the airplane, the NTSB has designated a US accredited representative to assist the AIID in its investigation.

All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to:

South African Civil Aviation Authority
Accidents and Incidents Investigation Division
Private Bag X 73
Halfway House 1685
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 11 545-1000
Website: http://www.caa.co.za


George Snyman, 32, was killed when a helicopter crashed in a field in the Eastern Cape yesterday. It is understood that the chopper was flying over Thaba Thala Game Farm in the Sterkstroom district when it fell.

Police spokeswoman Captain Namhla Mdleleni confirmed that one passenger was killed instantly. The pilot, Joshua Cilliers, 28, was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

“All relevant emergency role players attended the scene. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. An inquest docket has been opened at the Sterkstroom police station,” Mdleleni said.

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