Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Robinson R44 II, ZS-MZS: Fatal accident occurred May 01, 2018 between Bela Bela and Thabazimbi, Limpopo, South Africa

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA160
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 01, 2018 in Mabula, South Africa
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 1, 2018, at 0940 Universal Coordinated Time, a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, ZS-MZS, impacted an open field for unknown reasons near Mabula, South Africa. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was being operated under the pertinent civil regulations for the Government of South Africa.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of South Africa. This report is for information purposes and contains only information released by the Government of South Africa. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Civil Aviation Authority
Accidents and Incidents 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)
Website: http://www.caa.co.za


LIMPOPO – Police in Rooiberg in the Bela Bela cluster have opened a case of inquest after two people were killed in a helicopter crash this morning, 1 June.

According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the helicopter was flying over Lumary farm, near Zebula Lodge when it crashed, killing the two men instantly.

“Police and paramedics were summoned to the scene, reacted swiftly and on arrival, the deceased were still trapped in the wreckage. Forensic experts and aviation investigators were informed and are currently at the scene,” he explained. 


The deceased have been identified as Herman Wenhold (37) and Jacque Oelofse (31) and the two men were flying from Rustenburg in the Northwest province to Zebula lodge when the accident happened.



The police at Rooiberg in the Belabela cluster in Limpopo have opened an inquest after two people were killed in a helicopter crash on Friday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the helicopter was allegedly flying over Lumary farm near Zebula lodge when it crashed, instantly killing the two adult men.

"The police and paramedics were summoned to the scene, reacted swiftly and on arrival, the deceased were still trapped in the wreckage. Forensic experts and the aviation investigators were also informed and are currently at the scene," said Mojapelo.  

He said the deceased had been identified as 37-year-old Herman Wenhold and 31-year-old Jacque Oelofse, and were flying from Rustenburg in the North West province to Zebula lodge when the accident happened.


The cause of the crash is not known at this stage, said Mojapelo.

No comments: