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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32401
Last updated: 20 August 2021
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Date:05-APR-1994
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III
Owner/operator:Henrican Air Charter
Registration: ZS-HWU
MSN: 3677
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tembisa Township, Gauteng Province, Johannesburg -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Tembisa Township, Johannesburg
Narrative:
The helicopter was destroyed on 5-4-1994 when it crashed among houses at Tembisa Township, Gauteng Province, Johnnnesburg (at approximate co ordinates: 26.0055S 28.2102E), after being shot at by small arms fire. The four persons on board (pilot and three passengers) were slightly injured in the crash but were set upon by a mob after leaving the helicopter. They were subsequently rescued by passers by.

The helicopter had been chartered to look for an allegedly hijacked truck. The vehicle was found in the Tembisa Township, and the helicopter was circling it at a height of about 400 feet when the firing started. The helicopter lost power and the pilot began an auto-rotative landing towards an apparently open space.

However, just before touchdown, the pilot saw that there was a fence and a number of children playing in the area. He attempted to turn away but the main rotors struck a house and the helicopter crashed.

Sources:

1. http://www.ascendworldwide.com/download/Cust/WAAS167_Complete.pdf
2. http://www.griffin-helicopters.co.uk/accidents.aspx?ACType=B206
3. http://www.rotorspot.nl/current/zs-c.php
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tembisa

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2 Jul 1984 N3173L private 2 Englewood, CO w/o


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-May-2016 12:28 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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