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Type:Silhouette image of generic EXEC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RotorWay Exec 162F
Owner/operator:Creative and Industrial Coatings
Registration: ZU-RAT
MSN: 6936
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 miles west of Rustenburg, North West Province -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Aviator's Paradise, south of Brits CBD
Destination airport:FARG (Rustenburg)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The helicopter suffered a tail rotor failure. The pilot carried out a text-book autorotation in a field, but during the slide it contacted an ant hill and tipped over. The helicopter then caught fire and burnt out completely.

The Rotorway tailrotor is driven by three belts in series. The middle belt failed and jammed in the rear pulley, causing the tailrotor to stop suddenly.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Rotorway Executive 162 F registration ZU-RAT taken earlier in the day, August 30, 2008

6 miles west of Rustenburg, August 30, 2008 - photo taken by the pilot

Revision history:

31-Aug-2008 10:22 Topaz Added
31-Aug-2008 10:25 Topaz Updated

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