Did Netcare 911 chopper blade fall apart?
‘African Pilot’ editor says it’s most likely one of the four blades disintegrated. The question is why
The disintegration of a rotor blade could have caused a Netcare 911 helicopter to spin out of control, killing all occupants probably before they hit the ground.
This was the view of African Pilot magazine editor Athol Franz, commenting on a preliminary report released on Tuesday by the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) into the crash of the Bell 430 helicopter last month.
The aircraft took off from Ultimate Heli heliport in Midrand, Gauteng, for Hillcrest Hospital near Durban on January 21. The medical staff travelling in the aircraft were en route to save a Covid-19 patient in KwaZulu-Natal. ..