Investigation to follow SAPS helicopter crash landing


A South African Police Service (SAPS) helicopter crash-landed at Virginia Airport on Tuesday and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.


National police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, stated there were two SAPS officers on board.


“I can confirm that a SAPS Squirrel helicopter crash landed earlier today at the Virginia Airport. This happened during a training exercise. An investigation is underway and we will await a report which we hope will tell us what the caused the crash.”


Rescue Care operations director, Garrith Jamieson, gave a press release stating, “Two pilots have escaped injury after the helicopter they were in crashed on the Virginia Airport Apron just after 11:30 on Tuesday morning. Rescue Care Paramedics together with SAPS Search and Rescue teams responded to the crash to find the helicopter on its side. Paramedics assessed both crew and found that no injuries had been sustained. The scene was cordoned off to allow the CAA and SAPS to investigate the crash.”


The South African Police Service has a sizeable Air Wing that includes more than two dozen helicopters, such as AS350 Squirrel, BO 105 and R44 Raven II rotorcraft.