Virginia Airport shut down after SAPS helicopter crash

Durban – SAPS are investigating the events that led up to a SAPS helicopter crash on the runway of Virginia Airport just after 11:30am this morning.

The airport was shut down as SAPS investigated the case.

SAPS spokesperson Vish Naidoo confirmed that the SAPS Squirrel helicopter crash-landed at the airport during a training exercise.

“An investigation is underway and we will await a report, which we hope will tell us what caused the crash,” Naidoo explained.

Spokesperson for Rescue Care paramedics, Garrith Jamieson said advanced life paramedics assessed the pilot and assistant pilot after the crash.

“No one sustained injures and both were given a clean bill of health,” he said.

Kyle Van Reenan of Crisis Medical confirmed that there were no injuries after the crash.

“There was no fire, but fire fighters were on the scene as a precaution,” he added.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority and SAPS are in attendance and will be investigating further.

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