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FFA wants probe into South Peninsula helicopter crash reopened

The company claims new evidence has emerged that will challenge the CAA’s findings.

Helicopter. Picture: Freeimages.com
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CAPE TOWN – Helicopter contractor, FFA Aviation, has requested the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reopen its probe into a deadly South Peninsula helicopter crash.

The company claims new evidence has emerged that will challenge the CAA’s findings from its investigation into last year’s incident in which a helicopter pilot involved in firefighting operations died.

In its response to a preliminary report into the fatal crash at Cape Point last year, FFA Aviation believes it has significant, new evidence to request the CAA review its findings.

The former military aircraft, now used to fight vegetation fires, have been the subject of a forensic probe following two devastating crashes in 2015. 

Twenty-six Huey helicopters were also grounded due to maintenance concerns last July.

Following its own investigation into the incident, FFA believes it has sufficient evidence to disprove the aviation authority’s report regarding the crashes and the company’s maintenance shortfalls.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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