National 11.8.2016 09:16 am

Helicopter crash-lands in Mossel Bay

The 23-year-old Kenyan student pilot escaped unharmed after he crash-landed this helicopter of Starlite International Aviation Training Academy close to the N2 outside of Mossel Bay. Picture: Nickey le Roux

The 23-year-old Kenyan student pilot escaped unharmed after he crash-landed this helicopter of Starlite International Aviation Training Academy close to the N2 outside of Mossel Bay. Picture: Nickey le Roux

It is believed the student pilot was practicing manoeuvres when he lost control of the helicopter.

A Guimble Cabri helicopter of the Starlite International Aviation Training Academy in Mossel Bay crash-landed just outside of town directly next to the N2 yesterday, reports the Mossel Bay Advertiser.

It is believed the 23-year-old student pilot from Kenya, Anthony Wachira, was practicing manoeuvres when he lost control of the helicopter at approximately 9.15am. He was alone in the helicopter at the time.

The helicopter came down in a field approximately 200m from the N2 close to the Hokaai road stall. The pilot did not sustain any serious injuries.

Another helicopter of Starlite Aviation whisked away the student pilot after he crash landed the Guimble Cabri helicopter early on Wednesday morning. Picture: Nickey le Roux

Another helicopter of Starlite Aviation whisked away the student pilot after he crash-landed the Guimble Cabri helicopter early on Wednesday morning. Picture: Nickey le Roux

When the Mossel Bay Advertiser visited the scene of the accident, the various emergency personnel of the KwaNonqaba Police, Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue, provincial traffic, and Starlite Aviation representatives were attending to the pilot, who was soon whisked away in another Starlite helicopter.

The accident will, as a matter of protocol, be reported to the South African Civil Aviation Authority for further investigation.

 

Caxton News Service

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