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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 194389
Last updated: 19 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Registration: ZS-RMM
C/n / msn: 0902
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cathedral Peak, Drakensberg, KZN -   South Africa
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Cathedral Peak Hotel
Destination airport:Bell Park Dam – Giants Castle Area
The helicopter was about to embark on a sight-seeing tour. The pilot discussed the load factor with another pilot, as there would be four adults on board and a full load of fuel. Two hover in ground effect tests were carried out and both were found to be in order. The pilot then committed to take-off. As soon as the helicopter was out of ground effect the rotor rpm dropped and the horn came on. The helicopter then descended to the point of impact 370m away. The accident report states that the helicopter’s in ground effect (IGE) hover capabilities were exceeded by approximately 67kg which rendered the aircraft too heavy to conduct a safe IGE hover takeoff under prevailing conditions. A female passenger died in the accident.


1. Copter crash survivor mourns bride
2. SACAA ACcident Report - Robinson R44 Raven II ZS-RMM

Revision history:

25-Mar-2017 08:39 Topaz Added

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