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SA Air Force proud of soldiers’ acumen during helicopter crash incident

The Oryx helicopter made a hard landing on Tuesday during a demonstration at the Roodewal Weapons Range outside Polokwane.

A video screengrab of the SA Air Force Oryx helicopter crash landing during a capability demonstration at the Roodewal Weapons Range outside Polokwane.

PRETORIA - The South African Air Force says its proud of its soldiers for the manner in which they conducted themselves after an Oryx helicopter went down.

The helicopter made a hard landing on Tuesday during a demonstration at the Roodewal Weapons Range outside Polokwane.

There were no serious injuries or deaths.

Moments after the Oryx helicopter made the hard landing, the soldiers bailed out and the pilot shut down the aircraft.

The Air Force’s colonel Eugene Motati says the servicemen’s training was put to the test.

“We very proud the way our forces displayed professionalism. They were able to act with speed to mitigate what could have been a very disastrous ending. While we regret the loss and damage to the airplane, we are very thankful that we didn’t sustain any human losses or serious injuries.”

He says a board of inquiry has been established to investigate the incident.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)