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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 246888
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Time:c. 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 206B JetRanger II
Owner/operator:Ross Air
Registration: ZS-HUC
MSN: 1723
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Ceres, Western Cape -   South Africa
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Bell 206B II Jet Ranger helicopter was carrying out crop-spraying (using fruit fly baiting chemical) duties at Silverstroom farm in Wolseley, Western Cape province. The crops that were being sprayed were pear orchards that were due for harvesting in a few weeks. According to the farm owner, the same pilot was flying the same helicopter over another section of the same farm the previous day, and that operation was carried out uneventfully.
According to the operator, the pilot had stopped at a designated loading area (approximately 2 kilometres west of the accident site) to load the fruit fly baiting chemical used in crop-spraying, as well as to refuel the helicopter; the time was about 0540Z.
The farm owner further stated that although there was no visual of the helicopter, he heard a loud “popping” sound and the helicopter’s engine sound stopped. Soon after, he heard another loud “crash” sound. He then grabbed a fire extinguisher and rushed towards the direction of the “crash” sound where he found the helicopter crashed between pear orchards. No fire erupted after the crash.
It was reported that according to the orientation, location and distribution of the helicopter wreckage, the helicopter collided with the top wire (earth conductor) of the high-tension electrical cables while flying in an easterly direction. The high-tension wires were span across the helicopter’s flight path. Later, it was observed that the earth conductor of the high-tension power cable was missing, which resulted in power outage in the neighbouring town (Ceres).

Sources: (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

19-Jan-2021 10:18 gerard57 Added
19-Jan-2021 10:40 gerard57 Updated [Time, Location, Source]
19-Jan-2021 10:49 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Jan-2021 15:02 RobertMB Updated [Operator]
05-Jun-2021 11:26 Raffles Updated [Source]

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