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Gyrocopter crash claims one life

Gyrocopter crash claims one life

Niël Terblanché

 

ONE person died and a second person was critically injured when a small gyrocopter flying towards the Eros Airport crash landed on the main road between Windhoek and the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Thursday afternoon.

 

A senior aircraft accident investigator of the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the crash and said that the gyrocopter was on a training flight when the incident occurred.

 

”The aircraft was on a training flight and according to the flight plan was supposed to fly from the Eros Airport, out over the area of Heja Lodge and back again. The instructor and his student were on their way back to the airport when the crash occurred,” Hafeni Moshixwa said.

 

An eyewitness, known at this stage only as Bianca, who was driving on the road and who witnessed most of the incident, said that she saw the aircraft losing altitude rapidly.

 

SHOCK AND AWE: Motorists on the road between Windhoek and the Hosea Kutako International Airport were shocked to find the burning wreckage of a gyrocopter that crashed on the road surface after it flew into power lines during an emergency landing. – Footage: Contributed

 

According to the eyewitness, it seemed as if the pilot was attempting to make an emergency landing on the road surface, but that the aircraft flew into power lines running across the road and fell to the ground before it burst into flames.

 

Moshixwa confirmed that the gyrocopter flew into power lines while the pilot was attempting to make an emergency landing.

 

The air crash investigator said that one of the occupants died on the scene of the crash and that the second person is in a critical condition.

 

Emergency Services from Windhoek rushed to the scene of the crash after it was reported that the wreckage of the aircraft was on fire.

 

The name of the air crash survivor and the deceased person has not been made public yet.

 

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