Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Media Release: KNP Helicopter Lands Safely After Engine Failure

One of the Kruger National Park (KNP) helicopters with three park officials on board went looking for two rhinos, which were believed to be outside the Park west of Orpen Gate yesterday (18 August 2015). The female rhino and her calf were observed outside the park; and a helicopter was dispatched to locate the animals in order to guide the Game Capture team on the ground.
The team was still searching for the animals, when the helicopter suddenly experienced a power loss and engine failure. The pilot was forced to carry out an immediate emergency landing which he did successfully with no injuries or further damage to the aircraft.
“We are grateful that our employees are all safe and no one was hurt; even grateful that the game capture team managed to recover the animals and ensure their safe return to the park. A special commendation goes out to the Pilot; who under critical circumstances, managed to land the aircraft safely;” concluded the KNP’s Managing Executive, Mr Glenn Phillips.
The helicopter is currently being inspected to determine the cause of the engine failure.
Issued by:
Communications & Marketing Department, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441
E-mail: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org
Media enquiries:
William Mabasa
GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919
E-mail: william.mabasa@sanparks.org
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
GM: PR, Media and Stakeholder Relations, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203, Cell: 073 373 4999
E-mail: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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