NTSB Identification: WAS02WA043
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 21, 2002 in PremierGameFarm, South Africa
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas 369HS, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 21, 2002, about 0950 universal coordinated time (UTC), a Boeing (MDHS/Hughes) -369HS, ZS-HNE, operated by Els Boerdery Partnership, crashed during a game-counting operation in Premier Game Park, South Africa. During a return to a refueling sight, a passenger reportedly smelled smoke or exhaust gas, and the helicopter "fell" and impacted. The helicopter sustained fire damage, and the pilot and two of the passengers sustained serious injuries, including burns. A third passenger later succumbed to injuries.

At the request of the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Boeing (McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems) and Rolls Royce, Indianapolis, sent one investigator, each, to the site, to assist the investigator-in-charge. For further information, please contact:

Mr. Hannes van Zyl
CAA, South Africa

281 Middle Street
New Muckleneuk

Tel: 012 - 346 5566
Fax: 012 - 346 5979

Tel: +27 12 - 346 5566
Fax: +27 12 - 346 5979


US Accredited Representative:

Thomas R. Conroy
Air Safety Investigator
Office of Aviation Safety
Regional Operations and General Aviation Division, AS-20
Washington, DC 20594
202 314-6314

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