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10-04-2009, 12:39 PM
This is the 2nd Sanka to go down there in a year.
...1+2 in a 2-seater ??? .... and this man was one of company owners !!
These are pictures of the first crash, none available of this last fatal crash. They sure like to burn....
10-05-2009, 02:05 AM
, none available of this last fatal crash. They sure like to burn....
three die in chopper crash
johannesburg - a 49-year-old pilot and two young girls were killed when a private helicopter crashed in white river on sunday, mpumalanga police said.
The aircraft fell to the ground and exploded near a eucalyptus tree plantation, superintendent abie khoabane said.
The pilot was identified as george snyman and the girls as 11-year-old cindy nel and eight-year-old zambrie germishuizen of nelspruit.
"the three were burnt beyond recognition. We do not known what happened because there were no witnesses."
the sabc reported that the accident caused a fire in the plantation, which working for fire was helping put out.
Civil aviation authority representatives were expected at the scene later. The bodies would be taken to pretoria for post mortems.
10-05-2009, 02:08 AM
Some more details:
Time: 9:45am LT
Type: Aerokopter AK1-3 Sanka
Operator: Snykor CC / George Snyman
C/n / msn: 0009
Fatalities: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Heidelberg valley outside White River Mpumalanga - South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport: Klaserie - FAKD
Destination airport: Nelspruit - FANS
The helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances. Helicopter builder George Snyman and two female passengers were tragically killed. One of the girls was apparently sitting on the other's lap in the two-seat Sanka helicopter.
10-05-2009, 02:08 AM
Very tragic and sad to hear. Condolences to friends and family
10-05-2009, 02:18 AM
Could it be, that the two girls (8 and 11), sitting on each others lap
could restrict the freedom of movement of the stick?
Illegal anyway, but could it be the reason for the accident?
If it was a technical problem, then it is also a great blow
to the company and the product.
AFAIR, the F/X just recently started introducing the Sanka to the US market.
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