Accident MBB BK 117B-1 ZS-HMY,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75862
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Date:Friday 23 July 2010
Time:c. 9:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BK17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
MBB BK 117B-1
Owner/operator:South African Police Service (SAPS)
Registration: ZS-HMY
MSN: 7033
Year of manufacture:1984
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:7 km from Witbank, Mpumalanga -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Aerial patrol
Departure airport:Pretoria
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The helicopter crashed and caught fire in an open field near the airport, about 7km from Witbank. All seven occupants were killed. The crew were from the Police Air Wing in Pretoria and the others were from the National Intervention Unit. The helicopter had been supporting a task team handling an alleged hostage situation that had resulted due to a robbery at a business earlier in the morning. At this stage the cause is unknown. An earlier report suggesting that it had collided with high tension wires appears to be incorrect. This was likely confused with a previous police helicopter crash on July 4, 2008.


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Revision history:

23-Jul-2010 01:31 RobertMB Added
23-Jul-2010 01:48 RobertMB Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Jul-2010 03:13 Topaz Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2010 03:20 Topaz Updated [Source]
23-Jul-2010 09:05 Topaz Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2010 10:59 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type]
24-Jul-2010 13:03 Topaz Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2010 10:53 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Nature]
20-Aug-2010 05:19 TB Updated [Operator]

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