National 4.8.2016 11:59 am

Four believed killed in EC chopper crash

The gorge near Port St Johns where the chopper went down. Photo: SAPS Twitter

The gorge near Port St Johns where the chopper went down. Photo: SAPS Twitter

The helicopter had lost communication in bad weather en route from Margate Airport to the Wild Coast.

Four South Coast residents are believed to have been killed after the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the Port St Johns area in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

According to the SA Police Service Twitter handle, the helicopter crashed in a cliff area and four people are reported to be deceased.

The South Coast Herald reported that inclement weather in the Port St Johns area was hampering investigations into the crash. Port St Johns police spokesperson Captain Mduduzi Godlwana confirmed that a helicopter had crashed, but added that the identity of the people on board had not been confirmed.

The helicopter had lost communication in bad weather en route from Margate Airport to the Wild Coast.

One of the passengers is believed to be a prominent South Coast businessman.

According to a source, the helicopter had been traced to a gorge in the Umzicaba area near Port St Johns.

Caxton News Service

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