Five Die as Netcare Emergency Helicopter Crash in KZN

A Netcare emergency rescue helicopter has crashed in KwaZulu-Natal (KNZ), killing all five people – a pilot and four healthcare workers onboard on Thursday.

Netcare spokesperson Martina Nicholson said the helicopter was coming from Gauteng to fetch a patient in KwaZulu-Natal when the incident occurred around 3 pm.

Craig Grindell, managing director of Netcare 911, said in a statement that a medical helicopter crashed near Bergville, claiming the lives of all on board.

“We are profoundly saddened, and our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of our colleagues aboard Netcare 1 air ambulance, which was carrying a pilot and four health-care personnel when it crashed near Bergville. 

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“We are shocked beyond words at the tragic loss of these health-care heroes. The details surrounding the crash are not yet clear. We will, however, issue a further statement once more information becomes available and the next of kin of those aboard have been notified,” said Grindell.

Netcare CEO Dr. Richard Friedland said “…the whole of Netcare falls silent as we bow our heads in tribute, respect, love and memory of our fallen colleagues and front-line heroes who have died in the line of duty.”

“There are no words adequate to describe our sense of profound loss and grief at this terrible time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is investigating the incidence and combing the scene for more information.

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