SA pilot, two others killed in helicopter crash in CAR

The pilot, who was in his 50s, was flying the South African-owned helicopter on anti-poaching missions at the Chinko Park.

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JOHANNESBURG - A group that runs national parks on the continent says it doesn’t know what led to a helicopter crash that killed a South African pilot and two other passengers in the Central African Republic.

African Parks says the helicopter crashed just 50 metres from the landing strip, killing all three men instantly.

The pilot, who was in his 50s, was flying the South African-owned helicopter on anti-poaching missions at the Chinko Park.

African Parks’ Peter Fearhead says the two passengers were African Parks employees.

“The helicopter crashed and they were killed immediately.”

The pilot's friend Alan Robertson says he was a skilled professional and well-known for his hard work.

“Not only does he fly helicopters, he was a well-known instructor. He taught people how to fly. It’s a big loss to the aviation industry in South Africa.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)