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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 256509
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Date:03-MAY-2021
Time:11:48 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22 Beta II
Owner/operator:Starlite Aviation Group
Registration: ZS-HBR
MSN: 4337
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Umgeni River, Durban -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Durban-Virginia Airport (VIR/FAVG)
Destination airport:Durban-Virginia Airport (VIR/FAVG)
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Narrative:
A Robinson R22 Beta II helicopter with registration ZS-HBR was conducting a local training flight at Virginia Aerodrome (FAVG), north-east of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province, when the accident occurred. On-board the helicopter were the student pilot and a flight instructor.
The duo took off from the operatorís facility at FAVG without incident and headed south towards the general flying (GF) area where they intended to perform confined area operation exercises. En route to the GF area in the proximity of Umngeni River, next to the N2 national highway intersection and after flying over the bridge, a bird impacted the helicopterís tail rotor blade. The tail rotor blade subsequently cut through the tail cone skin; and in the process, the tail rotor control bell-crank, the tail rotor drive shaft and the stabiliser were severed. The helicopter pitched down and spun out of control, whereafter, it crashed into the reeds on the bank of Umngeni River.

Sources:

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/video-helicopter-crashes-into-umgeni-river-in-durban-eec945b1-573c-4b4e-9ce1-099dfeb7002e
https://www.news24.com/witness/News/Durban/just-in-helicopter-crashes-into-umgeni-river-in-kzn-20210503

https://www.airteamimages.com/pics/239/239812_800.jpg (photo)

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-May-2021 07:50 gerard57 Added
03-May-2021 07:57 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
03-May-2021 08:16 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-May-2021 09:06 gerard57 Updated [Time]

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