Netcare medical rescue chopper crashes in KwaZulu-Natal midlands

Arthur

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News report said:
Netcare identified the victims as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga Mahlangu, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, who were all from the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

Also killed were Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911, and pilot Mark Stoxreiter, who worked for National Airways Corporation.
 

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The crew, medics and chopper will be sorely missed.

I suspect fatigue : pilot, equipment whatever, something took it's toll and gave up.
 

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Is it normal or even safe to make such long helicopter flights by people other than the military? Wouldn't it be safe for the patient to be transported on a jet?
 

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Rudolph was such a kind soul. Probably the best Transplant anesthetist there is. Rest well big guy.
 

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Is it normal or even safe to make such long helicopter flights by people other than the military? Wouldn't it be safe for the patient to be transported on a jet?
It's normal and common practice. Most countries do it this way.
The main reason for air transport is that better facilities are available to patients in other hospitals.
Hence the KZN to JHB flight.
 

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By the time you a plane ready & have clearance to land/take off - your patient is dead.

These things land meters away from the ICU.
I can vouch for that.
In 2016 and 2017 I spent a few weeks in ICU and High Care.
This was a Government Hospital and you could hear the Heli's coming and going quite frequently.
 

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Really sad. Our country can't afford to lose valuable medical personal. I can imagine they have to be transported back and forth due to the massive shortage of good doctors.


Would love to know how this happened and who is responsible.

R. I. P.
 
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I see on Wikipedia only one ever crashed.

Any Wikipedia editors around to update: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_430

Note: The list is incomplete. It only lists those in the ASN database.

Yes it's not complete. This netcare bell 430 was previously owned by Heli Malongo in Angola (D2-EYS), 4yrs ago another one of their 430s (D2-EYI) crashed killing 6 people.
HeliHub.com 26-Sep-16 D2-EYI Bell 430 Malongo, Angola (6F)

3yrs ago ZS-VDM severed its own tail boom in Kempton.
Form Number: CA 12-12a (caa.co.za)
 

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Hard to come to any conclusions at this stage, and in the absence of flight data recorders, it will take a very long time to determine the cause. Past history of this model doesn't seem to offer any clues, but there are a number of critical components that could cause a helicopter to fall out of the sky. I would guess mechanical malfunction, rather than pilot error (in broad daylight).
 

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I wonder what the conversions were on the aircraft, perhaps something there may have gone wrong which caused the explosion in mid-flight.

RIP to the people onboard. This is a tragic loss.
 
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