SANParks AS350 helicopter damaged in Cape Town accident


A South African National Parks (SANParks) Airbus AS350B-3+ (Squirrel) helicopter was damaged after losing control during take off from Cape Town International Airport on the morning of 2 January 2021.

According to a statement issued by SANParks, the pilot, who was flying alone during the incident, only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention.

The aircraft was based in Cape Town to assist with aerial law enforcement and conservation management operations in the Table Mountain National Park and surrounding areas.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the relevant law enforcement authorities have been notified of the accident and a full investigation into the cause of the accident will be launched, SANParks said.

Captain Jaco Mol, SANParks Chief Pilot, said “the fact that this is the first serious helicopter accident SANParks has had in over 10 years and 20 000 flight hours in our dynamic and high risk flight environment is testament to the skills, experience and professionalism of all our aircrew.”