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Helicopter makes emergency landing on golf course

The navy helicopter's cockpit caught fire, forcing it to make an emergency landing.

A helicopter makes an emergency landing on Milnerton Golf Club. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A South African Navy helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at the Milnerton Golf Club after the cockpit caught fire on Monday afternoon.

Residents living near the golf course told Eyewitness News that the pilot made the emergency landing on the 11th hole.

There were no injuries, but residents said they were shaken by the incident.

Military police cordoned off the 11th hole where the chopper stood and nobody is being allowed near the scene as they work on the helicopter, which experienced an apparent electrical malfunction.

One resident told EWN she was blow drying her hair when she heard a loud noise above her house and a sudden "thud" when the chopper landed on the green.