Accident Bell 407 ZS-RWP, Friday 10 December 1999
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Date:Friday 10 December 1999
Time:14:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic B407 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 407
Owner/operator:W. Piso
Registration: ZS-RWP
MSN: 53111
Year of manufacture:1997
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:Farm Rooipoortjie, Groblersdal district, Mpumalanga -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:FAWB (Wonderboom)
Destination airport:Fram near Lydenburg
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Narrative:
The pilot departed from Wonderboom Airport at 1416Z on the afternoon of the 10th December 1999 on a VFR (VisualFlight Rules) flight to his farm near Lydenburg. Approximately 20 minutes after take-off he crashed in a fairly remote open grassland. According to an eyewitness he was flying at a height of approximately 20 feet above ground level, flying straight and level when he saw the helicopter pitching up slightly and at the same time it started to roll to the left. The nose then suddenly dropped and it impacted the ground. On impact the wreckage caught alight. He and a neighbor rushed to the scene in an attempt to extinguish the fire but at first the fire was to intense they then manage to extinguish the fire by throwing sand onto it. They were, however, unable to rescue the pilot. The helicopter crashed approximately 500m from where the eyewitness was standing when he first saw the helicopter.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

Sources:

SACAA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-May-2008 23:39 Topaz Added
13-May-2008 00:09 Topaz Updated

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