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2 pilots die in another helicopter crash: Video. Kyle van Reenen of Emer-G-Med said a report about a helicopter crash in the Umgeni River was received at around 8.30 am. Two people were killed in a helicopter crash suspected to have been caused by a bird strike in Durban, South Africa, on Monday. Said van Reenen:
Emergency care personnel were immediately dispatched. On arrival, it was found that a light helicopter, a Robinson 22 was fully submerged in the Umgeni River. A rescue mission was launched by members of the Emer-G-Med team and the police search and rescue unit to retrieve the victims from the wreckage.
Unfortunately, it was found that both the pilot and co-pilot, aged between 30 and 40 years, were dead on arrival. At this stage, the cause of the crash is believed to be a bird strike. The necessary aviation authorities will conduct further investigations.