SANParks helicopter crashes after take-off in Cape Town

02 January 2021 - 16:26
SANParks' Airbus AS350B-3+ (Squirrel) helicopter was damaged after the pilot allegedly lost control during takeoff from Cape Town International Airport on Saturday morning.
SANParks' Airbus AS350B-3+ (Squirrel) helicopter was damaged after the pilot allegedly lost control during takeoff from Cape Town International Airport on Saturday morning.
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SA National Parks (SANParks) will launch a full investigation to determine what caused one of its helicopters to crash while attempting to take off in Cape Town on Saturday.

In a statement SANParks said it's Airbus AS350B-3+ (Squirrel) helicopter was damaged after losing control during take-off from Cape Town International Airport on Saturday morning.

“The pilot who was flying alone during the incident only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention. The aircraft is based in Cape Town to assist with aerial law enforcement and conservation management operations in the Table Mountain National Park and surrounding areas.”

It said the SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the relevant law enforcement authorities had been notified of the accident.

* In 2018 a spate of violent attacks took place in Table Mountain National Park.

Blessing Bveni, the man accused of killing two men and stabbing multiple others in such attacks was found guilty on 10 counts, including double murder, in the Cape Town high court in December.

He was found guilty of stabbing to death pilot Doug Notten on January 28, 2018 while he was walking with his wife on the mountain near Fish Hoek.

Bveni was also found to have murdered cyclist Ian McPherson on March 13 2018 while he was riding his new mountain bike on a footpath just a kilometre from where Notten was killed.

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