South African Air Force Headquarters in Pretoria confirms that
at approximately 12h00 on Wednesday, 03 August 2005 a Rooivalk
attack helicopter based at 16 Squadron at Air Force Base
Bloemspruit in Bloemfontein was involved in a flying accident.
The helicopter was on a scheduled routine flight when a
possible technical malfunction occurred initiating a chain of events
which caused the accident. The crew of two was not injured in
the accident, however, as part of standard procedure, they were
referred for medical examinations.
board of Inquiry has been convened to investigate the causes
that led to the accident.