As reported by Rorisang Kgosana from The Citizen, an SANDF helicopter crashed near the Zwartkp Golf Estate in Centurion on Thursday 18 April.
Kgosana confirmed on social media that the fire brigade and emergency personnel were at the scene and declared the area safe.
However, residents are urged to avoid the area. At the time of writing, the roads remained closed.
— Rorisang Kgosana (@therealrorisang) April 18, 2019
Xander Loubser of Best Care Ambulance confirmed to The Citizen that two SANDF members were seriously injured and airlifted to the military hospital. He added:
“Paramedics on the scene are busy attending to patients. The exact cause of the crash is unclear at this stage.”
Darren Olivier, Director at African Defence Review, confirmed that the aircraft is a South African Air Force AgustaWestland AW109, with serial 4006. He explained:
“It’s the instrumented aircraft flown by the Test Flight and Development Centre for systems testing. Both crew members have been airlifted in serious condition.”
Unverified reports suggest that the chopper was either en route to or returning from Nasrec, where it was taking part in the SAAF’s display at the Rand Show.
According to Olivier, the “location and type of impact might indicate mechanical failure of some sort, perhaps of the tail rotor.”
EMER-G-MED, the Advanced Life Support private ambulance service operating in the provinces of Gauteng, said on Twitter that they dispatched “multiple resources to assist” at the scene in Centurion.
This is a developing story. We will share updates as and when additional information becomes available.
Watch: Injured SANDF member being airlifted
《Centurion》 SANDF Oryx taking off from scene and en route to a nearby Hospital. We wish the best for the injured Flight Crew. @_ArriveAlive @rescuecare @IamAlexSweet @TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/RJoC2dWkSA
— EMER-G-MED (@EMER_G_MED) April 18, 2019