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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 266550
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Time:12:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R44 Astro
Registration: ZS-RHD
MSN: 0242
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hertzogville -   South Africa
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Brakpan (FABB)
Destination airport:Elim Game farm near Hertzogville
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot took off from Benoni-Brakpan Aerodrome (FABB) to Elim Game farm near Hertzogville, to conduct an inspection of animals in his farm. The flight from FABB to the game farm was uneventful. During low flying and inspecting the animals the helicopter collided with power lines and hung onto the powerlines by the horizontal and vertical stabilizers. The pilot jumped out of the helicopter which was hanging nose down approximately 1m off the ground. A post-impact fire started and destroyed the helicopter.

Probable cause:
The helicopter was being flown at a low height and it collided with the powerlines that spanned along its flight path during a left bank. The helicopter was suspended on the powerlines before it caught alight.
Contributing factor
Pilotís failure to look out (for obstacles) during a low-level flight.

CAA (photo)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

18 May 1999 ZS-RHD 0 Farm near Dendron

Revision history:

08-Aug-2021 19:57 Captain Adam Added
08-Aug-2021 21:19 RobertMB Updated [Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2021 12:03 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
10-Feb-2022 20:39 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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