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Pilot survives helicopter crash

A helicopter pilot survived a crash on a farm eight kilometres outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape, paramedics said on Sunday.

The man, believed to be in his late twenties, was on his way to a farm to teach students how to fly on Saturday afternoon when he had problems with his aircraft, ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said.

“He was able to do an emergency landing and get out in time before the helicopter caught alight. Paramedics arrived on the scene and found the pilot some distance from his helicopter which was now on fire. They assessed him and found that he had sustained very minor injuries.”

He was taken to a hospital in Kimberley for a check-up. The cause of the crash would be investigated. - Sapa

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