Helicopter crashes at UCT

03 Aug

A helicopter crashed on the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus on Wednesday morning, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesman Andre Visser said there were four people in the helicopter but no one was injured.

“The helicopter has been destroyed and was found lying on its left side.

“The four occupants were very lucky they weren’t hurt,” he said.

The University said the helicopter made an emergency landing on Cross Campus Road on middle campus at 9am on Wednesday morning.

“Eyewitnesses said that the helicopter hit the top of some trees on the side of the road and then immediately afterwards attempted to land,” UCT said in a statement.

“During the landing the helicopter tumbled onto its side. The pilot and three passengers were shaken butnot visiblyhurt.”

Visser said the small Robinson 44 helicopter crashed next to M3 towards Middle Campus, which rests on an incline falling away from the highway.

The road had been closed to traffic and emergency services were still on the scene, he said. The cause of the accident was unknown.

Visser said the pilot did not want to give any information until the civil aviation authorities had investigated.

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Have your Say


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