Oh guys, haven’t we learned to double check social media
reports by now?
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) reminded
the public that not everything they read on the internet is true following
reports that two men had died in a helicopter crash on Thursday.
While there was indeed a helicopter crash, reports that officers had died were false. The accident happened in Tshwane on Thursday.
“The SANDF can confirm that both men are in a stable condition in hospital,” it said in a statement.
“The SANDF would like to caution the public not to spread incorrect and irresponsible information.”
SANDF head of communications, Siphiwe Dlamini, added that when pilots are assigned to any
task they undergo a pre-flight medical check-up before flying any aircraft as a
strict requirement for all pilots.
Dlamini asked that member of the public respect the privacy
of the two men who were involved in the accident, but said that they were both
in a stable condition.
The helicopter went down next to Zwartkop Golf Estate in Centurion at around 13:40 on Thursday, after a practice run for the 2019 Rand Easter Show. The aircraft was on its way from Nasrec south of Johannesburg to Air Force Base Swartkop in Pretoria for refuelling when the accident occurred.
Watch: Rescue mission in action after SANDF helicopter crash
DefenceWeb.co.za reported that Best Care Ambulance Services spokesperson Xander Loubser, paramedics received a call about a military helicopter that had crashed and discovered the two personnel on board were seriously injured. Both were treated on the scene.