Two die in Limpopo helicopter accident

Limpopo Premier Mathabatha commiserated with the families and friends of helicopter crash the victims in Musina yesterday.Picture:TNA


Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has extended his condolences to the families and friends of the two people who died when their helicopter crashed in Musina yesterday morning.

According to Limpopo police spokesperson Col Ronel Otto, the pilot and a woman passenger who were the only two on board died when they crashed behind the Musina Golf Club at 5am.

“Those who died in the accident have been identified as De Klerk van Heerden and Roxanne van der Bank – both of Musina.

“The cause of the crash will be investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority,” Otto said.

The owners of the helicopter could not be established at the time of going to press last night.

“It is tragic and we hope investigations will reveal what happened,” Mathabatha said through his spokesperson, Kenny Mathiba.

The death of the pair has brought to at least four the number of people who died in helicopter crashes in the Limpopo province so far this year.

On October 6, two people were killed when a helicopter crashed in Blouberg about 104km north-west of Polokwane while erecting communications antennas.

The chopper disintegrated into flames after the accident.A few days later on October 8,
another helicopter crashed in Lephalale while flying over a private game farm.

Two men, a veterinarian and a game catcher, were the only people on board the chopper
and survived the accident with injuries.