Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kruger helicopter dead named

Captain Jacobus "Jakes" van Rensburg was one of three Special Forces Regiment 5 members killed 15 Squadron When a light utility helicopter Agusta A109 crashed in the Kruger National Park.

The other Special Forces members from the Phalaborwa-based unit Ndishishi Were Sergeant Paulus and Lance Corporal Bheki Cele.

Captain Phil was Chabalala control of the rotary-winged aircraft That, selon reports, was Deployed in Kruger for four days as share of the national anti-rhino poaching operation. His flight engineer Sergeant GP was Ruiters, the SANDF Said in a statement.

A preliminary investigation is Underway to ESTABLISH the sequence of events leading up to the crash.

This is the fourth helicopter of the same type since crashed to Have Their share of the acquisition as Strategic Defence Package.

A May 2009 crash into Woodstock Dam, below the Drakensberg, that 'all three aboard was killed Deemed to Have Been the result of pilot error. Two hard landings in November and December 2010 resulted in the SAAF A109S Briefly Being grounded. Were the incidents ascribed to tail rotor failure and a broken swash plate control rod. Last year the SAAF A109 Said all problems APPROBATION HAD beens and subsequently rectified and the fleet was operating with various helicopter squadrons Normally across the country.

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