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The three helicopter crew members shortly after the accident. (Photo: via Netwerk 24)

More details of helicopter crash revealed

Date: 8 November 2016

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The following is a rough translation from an Afrikaans article that was published on Netwerk24.

Three members of the Air Force miraculously escaped death on Monday afternoon when a helicopter crashed near Clocolan.

Fanie van Rooyen, to plant a farmer in the area was about 18:00 working on Reeboksberg between Clocolan and Marquard, when he saw the helicopter.

He said the helicopter had flown only on a plateau on the farm Umpukane came when hung in the air. He thinks one of the blades hit a high outstanding rock for the next moment the helicopter case.

It landed on the mountainside and tilted.

Van Rooyen says there went immediately smoke and he lost his father, Hans, called for help.

He rushed to the scene. The three occupants could leave happy himself from the burning wreckage. The helicopter had been when he arrived in flames.

Farmers from the area, the ambulance waiting at the farm gate and helped to reach the crash site on the mountain, said Deonne Roux, coordinator of rural protection of Clocolan farmers' association.

The men were taken to John Daniel Newbury Hospital in Clocolan.

Roux said another weermaghelikopter they pick here and put the 3 Military Hospital in Bloemfontein.

Brigadier General. Xolani Mabanga, army spokesman, said the army was doing nagvlugopleiding in an Agusta helicopter.

The three men, an instructor, a student and a member of the crew was not injured seriously. One of them has already been released Monday night, another was released Tuesday and the third man will still be held until Wednesday for observation in the hospital.

The three members of the Air Force shortly after the helicopter fell. The men managed to escape from the burning helicopter

 


 
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