Military chopper causes huge scare after sliding dangerously during air demo in Limpopo


Limpopo: Report within our disposal indicates  that a military helicopter made a hard landing during an air capability demonstration at Roodewal Air Force Base in Limpopo,  on Tuesday.

According to the broadcaster, no fatalities have been reported and only one person sustained minor injuries.

Air Force spokesperson Colonel Eugene Motati told the broadcaster that they were thankful that no one had lost their life during the incident.

“It could have been worse if it was not correctly handled,” he said.

The chopper was coming in to drop off troops when it suddenly hit the ground.

“The soldiers jumped out and immediately did an accident formation around the helicopter. Ambulances and medics rushed to the scene,” the eyewitness said.

In December last year, eight people were injured after an SANDF helicopter Oryx crashed near the N1 at the Huguenot tunnel outside Cape Town.

At the time, South African National Defence Force (SANDF) spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the crew of eight was on a tasking to assist a training team in Touwsriver, near Worcester.

The accident happened after they completed their assignment and on their way back to the Air Force Base at Ysterplaat.

Dlamini said the crew consisted of a pilot, a co-pilot, a flight engineer, and four aircraft technicians and mechanics.


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