KZN Transport MEC send condolences to families of helicopter crash victims

KZN Transport MEC send condolences to families of helicopter crash victims

The transport MEC has sent her condolences to the families of the victims of this morning's helicopter crash in Durban.

Helicopter crash
Nothando Mkhize

The chopper went down near the Umngeni Interchange and crashed into the river - killing the pilot and the passenger.

The KZN Transport Department says a preliminary report on today's helicopter crash will be issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authority within 30 days.

The Robinson R22 helicopter crashed on the Umgeni River near the M19 this morning.

The chopper's instructor and a student died at the scene.

READ: CAA: Investigation team dispatched to helicopter crash site

Newswatch this morning spoke to residents of Parlock in Newlands West, who witnessed the crash.

Ronnie Moodley says there were was a loud bang upon the chopper crash. "I thought I heard the helicopter make a funny noise and then I saw it spinning down. Then I heard a loud noise and it fell into the water. I saw I smoking, then the engine stopped and it came down fast." 

Feroza Shaiksuleman - who lives near the crash site - say she was in fear seeing everything unfold before her eyes. " It made me feel sad to see all this. I was scared for my children and granddaughter." 

Durban Resident, Derrick Maurice says initially it was in a smaller position. 

"It was going around. It was spinning round and round because the taleprop was not keeping it stable. The tale went up in the air and it came directly down into the ground. I have never seen something like this in my life but there was no big explosion when it hit the ground."

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