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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75862
Last updated: 25 September 2018
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Date:23-JUL-2010
Time:<9:00am LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BK17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
MBB BK 117B-1
Owner/operator:South African Police Service (SAPS)
Registration: ZS-HMY
C/n / msn: 7033
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:7 km from Witbank, Mpumalanga -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Survey
Departure airport:Pretoria
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The helicopter crashed and caught fire in an open field near the airport, about 7km from Witbank. All seven occupants were killed. The crew were from the Police Air Wing in Pretoria and the others were from the National Intervention Unit. The helicopter had been supporting a task team handling an alleged hostage situation that had resulted due to a robbery at a business earlier in the morning. At this stage the cause is unknown. An earlier report suggesting that it had collided with high tension wires appears to be incorrect. This was likely confused with a previous police helicopter crash on July 4, 2008.

Sources:

1 .7 Sterf Toe Heli Neerstort
2. Vier Sterf Toe Helikopter Val
3. Four Killed in helicopter Crash
4. 5 specialised cops, 2 pilots die in chopper crash
5. Cops in chopper crash were going to robbery
6. Chopper crash bodies removed
7. Hero pilot dies in chopper crash
8. Swart Vrydag
9. Witbank helicopter crash investigated


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Jul-2010 01:31 RobertMB Added
23-Jul-2010 01:48 RobertMB Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Jul-2010 03:13 Topaz Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2010 03:20 Topaz Updated [Source]
23-Jul-2010 09:05 Topaz Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2010 10:59 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Aircraft type]
24-Jul-2010 13:03 Topaz Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2010 10:53 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Nature]
20-Aug-2010 05:19 TB Updated [Operator]

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