Two people have been confirmed dead, with the same presumed for their pets, after they were onboard a helicopter that crashed into the Vaal Dam on Friday. The bizarre and tragic incident left the authorities perplexed, but the emergence of video footage may now help investigators piece things together.
Over the past 48 hours, we’ve received a set of updates on this particular case. The flight itself was only meant to be a short journey, but neither the pilot nor the passenger was able to reach their due destination.
Without any official confirmation of what caused this accident, speculation has been rife. Richard Maier, a veteran pilot based in South Africa, suspects that the pilot came down with a ‘medical issue’ before crashing. This, however, remains unverified. Meanwhile, the NSRI revealed that one individual rowed out to the crash site to try and help on Friday.
“Just after 18:00 on Friday, 14 May, NSRI Vaal Dam duty crew were alerted to reports of a helicopter accident on the Vaal Dam. ARCC (Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre) multiple emergency services. On arrival on the scene, near to the Vaal Marina, 200 meters off-shore, a Robinson R44 helicopter was found to have ditched in the Vaal Dam.”
“A bystander, using a rowing craft, had recovered an adult female from the wreckage and sadly she was declared deceased by paramedics. A Police Dive Unit, assisted by NSRI, scuba-dived on the wreckage and recovered the body of an adult male believed to be the pilot and sadly he was declared deceased by paramedics.”