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Authorities investigating Sterkstroom helicopter crash that killed one

Aug 16, 2018
Authorities investigating Sterkstroom helicopter crash that killed one

A man was killed when a helicopter crashed in a field in the Eastern Cape earlier on Wednesday.

"It’s understood that the helicopter was flying over a game reserve farm, darting near Thaba Thala district, in Sterkstroom, when it came down, killing one of the occupants, a passenger, instantly," described police spokesperson, Colonel Michelle Matroos.

"The pilot was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

"All relevant emergency roleplayers attend to the scene."

She added that the South African Civil Aviation Authority will be probing the cause of the crash.

"An inquest docket has been opened at Sterkstroom police station for further investigation."