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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66336
Last updated: 6 August 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 206B JetRanger
Owner/operator:Bond Helicopters (Pty) Ltd
Registration: ZS-REK
MSN: 1954
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Copperton (70 km from Prieska) Northern Cape -   South Africa
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Copperton (70 km from Prieska)
Destination airport:Copperton (70 km from Prieska)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The helicopter collided with a wire lying across the power lines being inspected. The pilot carried out an auto-rotation and landed. During the landing the aircraft skidded forward for a short distance. The forward end of the skids dug into the sand and the helicopter tilted forward onto its nose. The main rotor made contact with the tail boom and severed it from the aircraft. The helicopter sustained extensive damage during the accident.

The pilot's licence was invalid at the time of the accident because he did not have a valid medical

Fine weather conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause:
Unforeseen circumstances


1. SACAA Accident Report 7091

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

08-Jul-2009 15:27 Topaz Added

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