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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 176533
Last updated: 5 November 2021
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Time:05:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44 Raven II
Registration: ZS-HCH
MSN: 12363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Delareyville, North West Province -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Vryburg
Destination airport:Wonderboom Aerodrome (FAWB)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The pilot, accompanied by his youngest son, flew from their farm near Tosca to Vryburg where they landed. The pilotís wife then joined them for a private flight to Wonderboom aerodrome (FAWB). The pilotís wife was occupying the left front seat and the son was seated behind her. Shortly after take-off, the pilotís wife was having difficulty communicating with them via the headset she was wearing and requested the pilot to land somewhere in order for her to get another headset out from underneath her seat. The pilotís door was also not properly latched at the top and it was required to be opened and closed again in order to be latched properly. During an approach for landing the helicopter collided with a large tree, whereupon the pilot lost control and it impacted with the ground in a steep nose down attitude. The pilot succumbed to his injuries at the scene. His wife was seriously injured and was flown by air ambulance to Grand Central aerodrome (FAGC) and was transported from there by road ambulance to a private hospital in Johannesburg where she underwent surgery. The son suffered a bleeding nose and concussion. The helicopter was
destroyed during the impact sequence. The investigation determined that during the descent the helicopter collided with a large blue gum tree, the pilot lost control and the helicopter impacted with terrain approximately 20m beyond the tree.
Probable cause:
The helicopter collided with a tree while on the descent for an intended landing whereupon the pilot lost control of the helicopter before impacting with terrain.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 7 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: Bob Adams, 20 September 2008 (CC:by-sa)

Revision history:

31-May-2015 07:42 jahnroux Added
31-May-2015 15:14 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
01-Dec-2017 13:06 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Plane category]
01-Dec-2017 13:46 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo, ]
09-Jan-2018 19:58 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]

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