NTSB Identification: WAS06WA007
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 17, 2006 in Cape Point, South Africa
Aircraft: Robinson R22, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

On January 17, 2006, about 0815 UTC, South African registry ZS-RXA,, a Robinson R22, operated by Starlight Aviation, collided with water during cruise flight near Cape Point, South Africa. The student pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The helicopter was on a local flight that originated at Cape Town, South Africa.

The student pilot was conducting flight around Cape Point, when according to witnesses, the helicopter abruptly departed from normal attitude, and descended into the sea.

The investigation is under the jurisidiction of the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Pretoria, South Africa. The US Accredited Representative is Dennis Jones, NTSB, Washington, D.C. (Tel. 202-314-6321)

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